ENERGY STAR: According to energystar.gov, replacing old windows with new ENERGY STAR certified windows could lower your utility bill by up to 12 percent. ENERGY STAR labeled windows are verified to meet or exceed current U.S. energy efficiency guidelines. Here in Georgia, ENERGY STAR labeled windows can help combat the effect of the hot summer sun by reducing “heat gain” into your home. This means your new windows will keep out the heat, but still allow in plenty of light.
There are many factors to consider when choosing replacement windows for your home. The most important feature to consider is how well your windows insulate. Factors that contribute to the energy efficiency of windows are material, style, glass, and ENERGY STAR rating.
Here is a breakdown of each factor so you can make your window replacement decision with confidence.
Material: At Complete Residential we have found that Vinyl windows offer the style and function our clients are looking for. We exclusively install vinyl windows because they: 1.)Are low maintenance. Vinyl windows never need painting or staining and are easy to clean with soap and water. They also don’t age as quickly as windows made from other materials. 2.)Are reasonably priced. Vinyl is an inexpensive material, but this doesn’t mean vinyl windows are cheap. Our vinyl windows are durable and it won’t rust or corrode. 3.) Have low energy costs. Vinyl windows are extremely energy efficient. This reduces heating and cooling needs, which result in lower energy bills. 4. )Are available in many styles. Vinyl windows have many color, size, and style options, and if that were enough, they can also be custom made.
Style: Certain window styles are more efficient than others. Consider these: 1. )Double-hung windows: these traditional windows are one of the most popular styles (the bottom slides up to open the unit). They can be an efficient choice, but in extreme climates, they may lose some energy efficiency value because of the potential for air intrusion between the sliders. 2. ) Casement windows: these windows operate with a crank that swings the window outward to open, and tend to seal tighter than other styles of windows. 3. )Picture windows: glass choice and gas-filled interiors are especially important in these larger non-opening styles.
Glass: The type of glass you choose for your windows will have the greatest effect on the energy efficiency of your window. Consider this an investment in the energy efficiency of your home, as a quality glass selection will keep your home comfortable and energy efficient for years to come. Some options to consider are: 1. ) Low E: Low-E glass works by reflecting infrared light. Which means it keeps heat inside in the winter and outside in the summer. Low-E glass can also help keep your carpet and furniture from fading. 2.) Gas Filled: Gas Filled windows contain either Argon or Krypton between glass panes which provide greater insulation than regular air.
One last factor when replacing old windows is choosing to work with a professional. Even the best replacement windows can be drafty or under-perform if not installed correctly. Complete Residential has been expertly installing windows since 2000. We’re here to help with every step of your window replacement process. Learn by giving us a call at (706) 868-8925!