In this post, you will learn...
- Why old or failing windows may cost you more money in the long run
- How much money you can expect to save on heating and cooling costs with energy efficient windows
- What types of energy efficient windows exist, and which option is best for your home
Having old or failing windows in your home can be frustrating. Not only can they may make your home look dilapidated, they may also have cracks in the seals as well as the frame, causing drafts and affecting the comfort of your home. Experts estimate that 70% of energy loss in a home occurs through windows and doors, with 90% of that occurring through the glass alone. If this sounds familiar, you may want to consider purchasing quality energy efficient windows for your home.
Why Old or Failing Windows May Cost You More Money in the Long Run
Your windows don’t have to be 50 years old to cost you money. Cheap, builder-grade windows installed in many new construction homes may only be ten years old, but they can have the same issues as an older window. If you’re having trouble with drafty windows, have visually apparent problems or trouble opening and closing your windows you may need to consider replacing them. Substandard products can increase the transfer of heat in and out of your home, which may be the cause of your increased heating and cooling costs .
Some homeowners choose to repair their current windows rather than updating to newer ones. If you’re looking at temporarily solving the window issues in your home, then adding caulk and weather stripping around the windows or adding window treatments may help as short-term fixes. These quick fixes, however, may act as a band-aid to the real issues with your windows. Unfortunately, by masking the real problems, you could be causing even more damage to your home, especially if water is making its way in where it isn’t designed to go. Unseen water infiltration as a result of failing windows can lead to rot and mold growth which may cause deterioration of the wall over time. The damage caused by ignoring or covering up an issue like this may end up costing thousands of dollars to repair. If you are unsure if your windows are failing, it’s best to have them checked out once you notice an issue.
How Much Money Can You Save in Heating and Cooling Costs with Energy Efficient Replacement Windows?
The total amount of energy bill savings will vary from home-to-home depending on a variety of factors including the layout and design of your home; amount and type of insulation in your home; type of heat used to warm your home; etc. However, according to ENERGY STAR, depending on where you live, you could save up to $366 (single pane windows) annually in heating and cooling costs by replacing your current windows with new ENERGY STAR certified windows. Upgrading to quality energy efficient windows can reduce your monthly energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint by 12% on average. Replacing your entry doors and patio doors with our energy efficient products will also help with energy savings.
Additional Benefits of Energy Efficient Windows
Energy efficient windows help add comfort to your home and put an end to cold drafts and overheated rooms, but there are other benefits, too. By upgrading to quality energy efficient windows, you’ll also be protecting your home furnishings from damaging UV light. Everything from floors, carpets, furniture, and artwork can all be faded by UV light, which enters your home through windows without Low-E coating. All our energy efficient windows come with Low-E coating, which helps by reflecting UV light away from your home and preventing damage to your valuables.
Energy efficient windows are also noise reducing, require less maintenance, and because of their ability to decrease the energy use of your home, help to reduce the carbon footprint on the environment.
What Type of Energy Efficient Windows Exist, and Which Option is Best for You?
Simply put, the more panes of glass in a window, combined with quality insulating gases, Low-E coatings, durable seals and spacers, the better its performance will be. Single-pane windows have only one pane of glass, and while keeping rain and snow out of your home, aren’t good at preventing the transfer of heat in and out of your home.
Stanek Windows are made with high-performance glass options to fit your budget and energy performance needs.
Double Pane Insulated Windows:
- Double-pane windows, as their name suggests, consist of two panes of glass. In quality energy efficient windows, the panes are separated by a warm-edge Super Spacer® and sealed with high quality seals, then filled with argon gas. Denser than air, argon gas combined with Low-E coating, quality spacers and seals, help to reduce the transfer of heat through your window, creating a more comfortable and energy efficient home.
Triple Pane Insulated Windows:
- Triple-pane windows, as their name suggests, consist of three panes of glass. The space between the panes in these windows are typically filled with argon or krypton gas. Krypton gas is denser than argon gas, and in colder climates can save 2 to 3 percent more on your heating bills. However, krypton gas does cost considerably more than argon gas. Similar to double-pane insulated windows, quality triple-pane insulated windows also use Low-E coatings, warm-edge Super Spacer as well as high-quality seals to help reduce the transfer of heat through your window, creating the most comfortable and energy efficient home.
So which type is best for your home? It really comes down to your comfort, budget and energy-saving goals.
What is the difference between U-Value and R-Value?
If you’re considering purchasing replacement windows, you may be confused with the terms used to describe energy efficiency. The terms U-value and R-value are especially perplexing for many homeowners. Understanding the differences will help when selecting energy-efficient windows and insulation for your home.
Both U-value and R-value measure energy efficiency. But there are distinct differences between the two.
- U-value (also referred to as U-factor) is a measure of heat transfer; heat gain or loss through glass. Whereas the R-value is a measure of heat resistance. U-value is not a material rating; it is a calculation of the conduction properties of various materials used in the construction of windows, doors and skylights. The lower the U-factor of a window, the better it is at reducing heat transfer; that is, less heat will be lost. U-factor performance is especially important in how it impacts energy efficiency during the winter heating season in colder climates.
- The R-value (also referred to as R-factor) measures the performance of a specific material, such as insulation, based on the material’s ability to reduce the transfer of heat. The R-factor is relevant in terms of the insulation used around the window during installation, including the use of caulking and insulation around the window where it meets the walls of the building. The higher the R-value of any material, the greater the insulating value.
Stanek Windows can help you with your home improvement project. If you’re looking to replace your windows, our energy-efficient windows and patio doors are the highest in quality and performance. We offer styles, colors and options to fit your budget. Schedule your free in-home estimate and start your window installation today!
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