Replacing the windows of your home is a fairly major remodeling project to undertake. It can also be a costly one, particularly if you need to replace all of the windows in the home. Often, this project is unavoidable and you may have reached a point where the benefits you'll get from new windows outweigh the expense and inconvenience involved.
When choosing replacement windows, it's important to invest wisely and ensure that you're getting the maximum amount of benefit from your financial outlay. Making sure that your new windows will help to make your home more energy efficient should be a big consideration when choosing your new window variety.
Energy efficiency is an important part of reducing your home's electricity costs for heating and cooling. Windows are often the part of the home that is responsible for the most heat loss and gain during the hot summer months and the cold winter months. Here are two ways that you can ensure that your new windows make your home more energy efficient.
1. Increase insulation
The main reason that windows account for so much heat transference is that standard window glass is a highly conductive material. It doesn't provide much of a barrier between the inside of your home and the air outside, meaning that you'll lose internal heat in winter and gain internal heat in summer.
Double glazed windows are a highly effective ways to add insulation to your windows. The double panes of glass have an air pocket between them which acts as a thermal barrier. Adding insulative window film or choosing glass with a thermal coating also helps to increase insulation. These can be used alone or with double glazing for maximum benefit.
2. Ensure airtight fittings
Even with the most well-insulated windows, you won't increase your home's energy efficiency if the windows aren't airtight once installed. Even the tiniest gaps between the windows and frames or the frames and the walls of your home can mean a significant amount of unwanted heat loss and heat gain.
Airtight windows require installation by professional contractors who have the skills and experience required. They may need to use specially designed products such as trims, seals, or expanding foam fillers to ensure that your windows don't provide any cracks or gaps that will negatively impact their energy performance.
Replacing your home's windows is a great way to enhance and modernize the look of your home. It's also a great opportunity to make your home a more sustainable and economically sound environment. Contact companies like Jerry Newman Roofing & Remodeling, Inc. for more information.