Are your windows going to keep you warm during our fast-approaching winter? It’s not too late to have them replaced.
Installing energy-efficient windows in your home will not only eliminate chilling drafts through your house, but will also reduce your utility bills. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, by installing energy-efficient windows in your home, you could save between 12 and 33 percent on your annual heating and cooling bills.
Here are a few tips to help you pick the right windows for your home:
- Choose Your Frame Wisely: Wooden frames are less prone to heat and cold transfer than some materials, however; unlike vinyl windows, wooden frames have the potential to rot. If you live in a particularly hot or humid climate, you may want to consider vinyl replacement windows. Other options include aluminum—great for rainy coastal areas—and vinyl windows, which can help you save on your project. You can also opt for a “wood-clad” frame, which offers a wood base encased by a low-maintenance material like vinyl or aluminum.
- Get the Right Glass: When it comes to the window panes themselves, don’t trust just one—investing in double or triple-pane windows can go a long way in improving your home’s energy efficiency and heat retention. The most popular type of glass is “low-E” or “low-emissivity.” These windows don’t just prevent heat from escaping, they also protect your home from the sun’s heat and UV rays during the summer. The National Fenestration Rating Council is responsible for rating window types; check for their seal on any product you’re considering.
- Address Details in Installation: Simply buying energy-efficient windows isn’t enough—you need to have them installed correctly to get the most from your investment. A professional contractor can take care of the necessary details, from pre-installation waterproofing, to flashing and caulking to ensure your home is warm through the winter and stays cool in the summer.
To discuss your window installation needs, call Modern Window of New York at (716) 873-8800. Located in Buffalo, they serve western New York and northern Pennsylvania. With more than 20 years of experience, this family-owned business has a reputation for top-quality craftsmanship and personalized customer care. Visit their website to find out more about their energy-friendly products.