Are you feeling that draft from your old windows? With as much as half the energy in your home going to heating and cooling costs, investing in energy-efficient, quality windows will help lower those bills way beyond wintertime.
How to Choose Energy-Efficient Windows
At Next Door and Window, we offer many energy-efficient options, but hopefully, this post will help simplify your search for the perfect choice. One of the main things to look for when shopping is the ENERGY STAR® label on the windows. ENERGY STAR® is the trusted symbol for energy efficiency and is backed by the government.
Another key to think about is the U-factor; the lower the number the better the window will be at keeping the heat inside. This is especially vital if you have harsh winters.
In combination with the U-factor, also consider the Solar Heat Gain, which measures how well your new window will block heat from the sun. Just like the U-factor, the lower the number the better.
Glass finish is Important
The sun’s UV rays harm more than just your skin; they can damage your floors or furnishings, and that’s where a Low E coating comes into play. This metallic coating is placed on the inside surface of the glass to reduce the sun’s rays.
Low E coating added to the low U-factor and Solar Heat Gain will create the ultimate energy-efficient window for your home. The brands we offer use high quality, low E glass to ensure protection and significant cuts in energy costs.
Frame Material and Installation
There are many types of frames that can boost the efficiency of your new windows, match your unique style, and fit your budget. You can choose from vinyl, wood, fiberglass and more. We can help narrow down your options, and choose the ideal energy-efficient windows for your home.
Which brings us to our last point; don’t forget the importance of professional installation. Even the most expensive window can cause problems if not properly installed. At Next Door and Window, we make sure your new windows are installed correctly and sealed tightly to keep those unwanted drafts out for good. Call to schedule your appointment today!
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