With temperatures reaching extremes over the past few years, your windows should be designed to provide superior energy efficiency. So, it’s important to select the most efficient windows for your home.
Look for the ENERGY STAR® RATING
Find the ENERGY STAR® label as this will easily tell you if a product has passed specific energy efficiency requirements. Furthermore, take note of a window’s ENERGY STAR rating, which can be determined through the U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC).
U-factor rating tells you how much non-solar heat can escape through your window. A lower U-factor rating means the window is more energy-efficient. SHGC, on the other hand, refers to how much solar heat can pass through the window. A lower SHGC rating means that a window is better at blocking unwanted solar heat gain.
Pay Attention to Window Frame Materials
Window frames can be made from aluminum, vinyl, wood or composite. Each of these window frame materials have a different rate of heat transfer so they can impact your window’s efficiency in various ways. Aluminum frames, for instance, work great in humid climates.
Make Sure to Know All Your Options
Whether you’re looking for designer roof shingles or windows, it’s always important to know all your options. Ensure that you have a good understanding of their pros and cons so that you can make a well-informed decision.
Consider How a Window Operates
When looking at window styles, you should also consider how they operate. For example, hinged windows are closed by pressing against the frame. This makes such windows effective at reducing the amount of air leakage. Sliding windows, on the other hand, are more susceptible to air leaks, especially near the center of the glass. These will require good weatherstripping to avoid some common problems.
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