The energy efficiency of new windows pays off throughout the year. The comfort level of your home abounds when windows shield it from the chill of winter and the heat of summer. Replacement windows not only lower your utilities bills, but also add value to your home when it comes time to sell.
The investment you make in new windows with Lifetime Exteriors pays off for their entire lifetime. If you’re wondering if they’re worth it, just take a look at your utilities bills. You’ll find consistent savings as well as enjoy temperature regularity throughout your home.
Window Components that Impact Energy Efficiency
Old windows can cost you during every season of the year. The initial investment you make in new energy-efficient windows pays for itself over time. Save money every year on your electricity bill when you replace single-pane windows with double- or triple-pane windows. Energy-efficient windows can decrease energy usage by up to 18% in hot climates. When new windows are professionally installed with top materials, energy use can be reduced by up to 30%!
When you choose ENERGY STAR® rated replacement windows to replace single-pane windows, each year you’ll save up to $583 and up to 6,000 pounds of CO2.
Here are components that help energy efficiency:
Low-E glass energy-efficient windows help reflect back heat and energy during hot summer months, and they retain heat during colder months. They protect your home furnishings and fabrics from the damaging effects of ultraviolet light.
Single Pane vs. Double Pane Windows
If you have single-pane windows in your home, and you’re considering window replacement, boosting your home to double-pane windows will increase energy efficiency year-round. Their ENERGY STAR ratings give you another level of confidence in your home’s protection and insulation. Here’s why:
- ENERGY STAR ratings are only awarded after windows are independently tested, certified, and verified by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC).
- ENERGY STAR ratings ensure your new windows meet the strict energy guidelines the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets.
- ENERGY STAR rated window performance is certified by the NFRC and aligned for each climate region.
Double-Hung vs. Single-Hung Windows
When looking for the most energy efficient windows for your home, both double-hung and single-hung windows offer great benefits. Because the top portion of single hung windows stays fixed, they are well sealed and keep the extreme temperatures outside where they belong. While double hung windows are also an excellent option, they have more moving parts so they may not be as insulating as single hung windows.
Double hung windows are known for their ability to offer refreshing air circulation throughout your home. They open from the top down and from the bottom up, giving air the opportunity to circulate both into and out of your home. They are loved by homeowners due to their ease of cleaning and tilt-in features. They help you eliminate the risk of falling off a ladder while cleaning your second-story windows. You can clean windows on every level of your home with simplicity from the safety of inside your own home.
ENERGY STAR rated glass packages are available for both double hung and single hung windows, giving you outstanding savings on utilities. Choose the best window frame material option to match your style and performance preferences: fiberglass, vinyl, or wood.
Window Frame Options and Their Impact on Energy Efficiency
- Fiberglass frames provide optimal insulation and energy savings. Their strength and durability combined with their enduring high performance make them a long-lasting winner!
- Vinyl frames give your home excellent thermal insulation. They are known for their low maintenance because they never need to be repainted, saving you time and money over the years.
- Wood frames are natural insulators and help decrease energy consumption. They offer timeless beauty and create a warmth in your home’s style. They look fabulous on historic homes by staying consistent with the period’s look.
How to Enhance Window Insulation
If you feel drafts near your windows, you’re likely losing heat and air conditioning through them throughout the year. Don’t miss out on the indoor comfort you, your family, and guests can enjoy with well insulated windows throughout your home. Here are some simple ways to boost window insulation throughout your home:
- If your windows have old caulking, remove it and apply fresh caulking around your window perimeters. Fill in any gaps or cracks to fully seal your home.
- Apply weather stripping around the perimeter of your windows just like you do for your doors. Both the movable and stationary portion of your windows should be sealed with weather stripping.
- Pre-cut window film insulation can be applied to the exterior of your windows to decrease your windows’ u-value by up to 13%. Simply add heat from a blow dryer to seal your insulation snugly in place.
- Add insulating spray foam to any cracks or holes around your window frames. Spray as much insulation into the hole as possible without removing drywall to add the insulation.
Benefits of Replacement Windows
There are a variety of advantages to window replacement.
- Boost your home’s resale value.
- Improve your dwelling’s safety.
- Protect your home from the elements.
- Enjoy easy cleaning with tilt-in features.
- Get a tax benefit.
- Increase your home’s comfort level year-round.
- End the discomfort of cold drafts near your windows.
- Improve your house’s overall look and curb appeal.
- Protect your home from the damaging effects of UV rays.
- Shrink your carbon footprint with ENERGY STAR Certified windows.
Get Precision Window Installation
At Lifetime Exteriors, you can get reliable window replacement during every season of the year. We take time to listen to your needs, educate you on a variety of options, find solutions that match your budget, and answer your questions about window replacement.
As you’re planning exterior upgrades for your home, contact us to share your vision for new windows and get a free estimate on window replacement.