Blog Post Updated on: February 16, 2019
In this post, you will learn…
- Benefits of choosing energy-efficient windows for your home
Looking to replace the old, drafty windows in your home? Even though the federal income tax credits for residential energy efficiency have now expired, by upgrading to energy-efficient windows, you’ll realize the benefits almost immediately!
Benefits of Installing Energy-Efficient Windows
With the cost of monthly bills constantly increasing, you are probably looking for any possible way to lower your out of pocket expenses. Most of your bills you cannot control, but there is one that you have the potential to save on: your energy bill. Old, drafty windows could be responsible for up to 70% of your home’s energy loss. Think about it. Windows and doors are essentially openings or holes in your home. They are necessary but can be a huge source of energy loss if they are not made or installed well. Experts estimate that 90% of window heat loss is through the glass. Think about all of the money you are literally throwing out your windows! While you may feel helpless, there is an easy solution to this problem: purchase energy-efficient windows from Stanek® Windows.
Energy efficient windows are made to keep the conditioned air inside your home, inside and the outside air, whether cold or hot, outside. Stanek Windows utilize a number of features to create an energy efficient product.
The frames and sashes are made with multiple chambers, bulb seals, and FIBERMAX®, a composite material used for structural integrity as well as its non-conductive properties. The glass units on Stanek’s energy efficient windows, which make up 90% of the window itself consist of double- or triple-pane glass, contain low-emissivity coatings (low-e), are insulated with argon or krypton gas and contain warm-edge Super spacers® as well as high-quality urethane seals to prevent the transfer of heat and cold through the glass.
Glass, by nature, is a terrible insulator, but we use glass in buildings and cars because of its transparent properties. Glass just needs the help of science and technology to make it a better insulator creating an energy efficient window in the process and keeping your home more comfortable year-round. This is another benefit of energy efficient windows.
Have you every sat next to a window in the dead of summer with the sun beating through the glass and felt the heat as you would if you were outside? That is an example of a non-energy efficient window. If you were to sit in front of a quality Stanek double-pane glass window with low-e and argon or krypton insulating gas, the amount of heat you would feel coming through the glass would be drastically reduced and reduced to nearly undetectable amounts for a triple-pane window. Why? The technology in the glass units drastically reduces, and in many cases, prevents the transfer of heat and cold through the glass creating a more comfortable home.
Depending on the climate zone you live in, there are different recommended energy ratings for windows and doors. Why? Because based on the amount of heat or cold your region is exposed to for periods of time, the higher rated windows and doors you’ll need to keep your home comfortable and your energy bills in check. To learn which climate you fall into, visit ENERGY STAR’S climate zone finder.
If you are looking to replace your current windows with energy-efficient windows, call the experts at Stanek Windows at 800-230-8301. To learn more about our energy-efficient windows, schedule your free, in-home estimate online today.
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