Your old windows may be costing you more than you think. In the winter they leak out valuable heat from the home, causing your heater to work harder just to keep the home warm. In the summer, you can feel the heat coming into your home and causing your air conditioner to work harder as well.
Installing energy efficient windows will save on average around 11% on your electricity bills when it comes to running the heating and air conditioning of your home. That means in a short period of time that energy efficient windows will start paying for themselves.
Whether you are going to remodel your home or simply want to save money on your electricity bills, purchasing energy efficient windows is the answer. This is an investment that really pays off in terms of what you pay each month and in improving the overall value of your home as well.
You’ll need to know the measurements of the spaces for your windows because that will affect the cost. Take a few moments to measure your windows and write them down so during your purchase you can provide the size.
What to Consider when Purchasing Energy Efficient Windows
Of course, before you run out to the store and buy them, it is important to remember that the very architecture of your home will play a role in the type of windows that you purchase.
Aluminium: Light and very strong, these are generally the most popular chose for most homes thanks to their low cost and overall effectiveness in warmer, milder climates.
Clad-Wood: More expensive, but very low in maintenance. This particular type features wood on the inside while a cladding of protective metal is on the outside. They are easy to take care of and available in several different colours.
Vinyl: One of the most durable and energy efficient, this is the type of window that offers low maintenance and plenty of different designs as well.
Wood: Wood is certainly beautiful and crafted from materials that will not rot. You can even stain, paint or clear-coat the wood to get the look you desire.
Of course, once you decide which type to get, the next step is what colour and hardware is needed to ensure that you get exactly what you want.
Colour: You can increase the visual appeal on the outside of your home by matching your widows to the paint scheme or offsetting them for a more striking result.
Grids: The decorative pieces that create separate window panes add a traditional look to your home. They come in different styles as well, including simulated divided lites (SDL) and grilles between the glass (GBG). The latter is easier to clean and more economical in nature. If you choose to go with wooden windows, you can select removable grids.
Options for Glass: You can go with impact resistance, Low-E which helps protect against UV fading and various textured glass that adds more privacy while still letting in the light.
Finally, you can look over the different operator types such as single or double hung, casement, sliding and awning. You can even go with fixed glass that does not open.
You have plenty of choices when going with energy efficient windows, so be sure that you do your homework before choosing the type that works best for your needs.