It has been proven that replacing your old windows with modern, technologically advanced windows will reduce energy loss and save a homeowner money on heating and cooling costs. But you don’t have to take our word for it.
The consumer website howstuffworks.com has published a highly informative series, “How to Save Money on Home Energy,” that includes an article entitled, “Replacing Windows.” The piece provides a thoughtful, well balanced look at the pros and cons of installing replacement windows. Some of the highlights include:
- Two-pane, or insulated, glass has proven its worth over the decades. Sandwiching air between two separated, sealed panes increases the insulative value of the glazing many times. In recent years, manufacturers have even upped the ante by sealing gases like argon and krypton, which have more density and better insulative qualities than plain air, inside that space.
- The sash that holds the glazing is also important to the overall thermal performance of the window. Materials that offer low heat conductance, like wood, hollow or insulation-filled vinyl, or fiberglass help reduce the transference of cold inside and heat outside.
- All these improvements make both replacement and original windows more energy-efficient than they’ve ever been. And the technology has also increased the comfort factor. Sitting next to a single-pane window in the winter can make you feel cold, even when the house itself is sufficiently warm. Heat from your body is radiated out the window. But energy-efficient glazing keeps the inside pane of glass warmer. That reflects your body heat back inside, making you feel more comfortable and saving energy.
- The nonprofit National Fenestration Rating Council rates some manufacturers’ windows based on air leakage, U-factor (a gauge that represents the window’s rate of heat loss), visual transmittance (a measure of the amount of light the window lets into a room), and the solar-heat-gain coefficient (a measure of the solar heat gain possible through that window).
- Labels on windows rated by the Council tell you what to expect from the manufacturers’ products, and this information allows you to select different windows to satisfy different criteria for each area of your house. For instance, good properties to have in a southerly facing window in a house located in the northern part of the country would be a good solar-heat-gain coefficient rating, low air leakage, and an excellent U-factor. For a window in the same house facing in a northerly direction, the solar-heat-gain coefficient wouldn’t be worth paying for, while the U-factor and air leakage rating would be even more important.
- Even good windows will not live up to their billing if they are installed improperly. That’s why selecting an experienced, conscientious installer is important to maximize both the energy efficiency and your satisfaction with the windows you purchase.
- Window installation is complex. Any part of the job that is left to chance can come back to haunt the homeowner with water leaks, dysfunctional opening and closing, poor energy performance, and air leakage — everything you paid good money to avoid. This is particularly true when it comes to replacement windows, where old materials have to be incorporated into the new installation.
- When you are having windows or other new fixtures installed in your home, it’s important to hire a reliable contractor.
- New windows can also affect your attitude about your house and neighborhood. Along with stopping air leakage, modern windows are much more effective at blocking noise. Traffic, air conditioners running in the summer, and other normal neighborhood noise might not be as distracting with new windows.
- Homeowners who are either tired of or not capable of climbing ladders to clean windows outside the house will appreciate the tilt-in sash feature on most new windows. With just a flick of two buttons you have access to the exterior glass for cleaning. This saves time and is much safer than climbing a ladder to do the job.
All of the features described in the howstuffworks.com article apply to the replacement windows installed by Rescom. And, with such an emphasis on proper installation, we are particularly proud of the level of skill and experienced found in every member of our installation team.
Interested in finding out what new windows could do for your home? Call Rescom at (866) 410-5884 to schedule a free, in-home consultation on our low maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows.