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Home Improvement  /  August 19, 2020

Window Replacement Made Easy: Go Green!

If you are in the market for a window replacement, what better option is there than going with an energy-efficient style. Not only do upgraded windows add value to your home, but they can also help you save on heating and cooling bills and keep the temperature regulated.

Before you begin shopping for a window replacement, here are a few things to keep in mind. 

Window Replacement Shopping Guidelines 

ENERGY STAR Certification

The first thing you should do when shopping for energy-efficient window options is to look for the ENERGY STAR label. These windows are manufactured by ENERGY STAR partners and have performance ratings that meet the stringent guidelines set by the EPA.

NFRC Labels and Performance Ratings

While the ENERGY STAR label is a great place to begin looking, it’s best to compare different energy-efficient window options by taking a look at their NFRC ratings.

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) is another independent organization that certifies and tests the performance of different types of energy-efficient doors, windows, and skylights.

When it comes to windows, keep these four factors in mind.

1. The U-Factor 

You need to know how well a window keeps heat inside a room (low numbers are better)

2. The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient

This indicates how well a window will keep the sun’s heat out of a room, which we know is important during the summer. The higher numbers are fine for northern climates with mild-to-cold seasons, while the lower numbers are better for southern climates with intense summer sunlight.

3. Visible Transmittance

How well a window lights your home naturally – the more natural light available can mean less spending on lighting and electric bills (high numbers are better)

4. Air Leakage

How much air a window may let in (lower numbers are better)

Window Frame Materials

Choosing the right window frame material can make a huge difference in determining the energy efficiency of your home.

Generally, non-metal materials like composite, wood, or insulated vinyl are better at reducing thermal transfer than aluminum or other frames such as metal.

Fiberglass window frames will usually be the best choice for energy efficiency – but if you’re not sure which frames will work best for your existing window openings, a general handyman service can help you find the right solution for your home. 

Number of Panes

Each type refers to the number of layers of glass in a window. You have a choice of single-, double- or triple-paned windows.

Double- and triple-paned windows have two or three layers of glass separated by a space filled with an inert, non-toxic, odorless gas like argon or krypton. These windows are designed to reduce heating or cooling losses from inside the home and will also prevent the sun’s rays or outdoor temperatures from transferring into the home.

How to Make Your Existing Windows More Energy Efficient

You can always take steps to make your windows more efficient if you’re not ready to replace them yet. Here’s how.

  • Caulk and weatherstrip your windows to close up air leaks and add insulation 
  • Add window treatments, including coverings, and coatings
  • Add storm windows and panels
  • Install exterior shadings such as overhangs or exterior blinds

Work with a Window Expert

Handyman Connection of Hamilton is here to serve your window installation needs! Whether you need one done or many, we are here to help! Give us a call, fill out a form, or send a text to receive an estimate!

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