Do Energy Efficient Windows Save Money?
The Florida heat isn’t the only brutal part of our summers. Power bills can also be brutal during hot summer months. If your AC is in good working condition, you might try looking for other ways to save on your monthly energy bill.
One of the most effective ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency is to capitalize on the energy-saving benefits of replacement windows. Energy efficient windows will helps you to decrease your home’s heating and cooling expenses and is a great way to save money.
When you’re ready to shop, be sure to look for the Energy Star label, regardless of the window type. Energy Star certified windows lower household energy bills by and an average of 12 percent nationwide.
How Do Energy Efficient Windows Work?
Angie’s List tells us that a hot or cold draft is a sure sign of an inefficient window, but gaps or cracks in or around the window are not the only ways that drafts can occur. While a properly fitted and installed window is extremely important, so are the materials that comprise the panes and frames.
Through conduction, heat is transferred through the window itself. In the wintertime, this means the heat generated by your HVAC system is lost directly through cold, inefficient window panes and window frames.
For better energy efficiency and to preserve heat, energy efficient windows are made of materials that have a higher insulating value. Features include multiple panes of efficient glass that are often given a reflective coating. The space between the panes is then filled with an insulating gas, such as Argon, which also helps to slow and reduce the transmission of indoor heat to the exterior of your home.
Also keep in mind that a window’s energy efficiency is also determined by, among other things, your local climate, the orientation of your home, the size and location of the windows, the method you use to heat and cool your home and the degree of shading around the house.