Today, many homeowners have the luxury of selecting windows from an incredibly wide variety of styles, sizes, shapes and materials. While there are a lot of factors to bear in mind while choosing your window, one factor that stands out is how energy efficient the window might be. The reason is that windows are one of the incredible ways modern technology has devised to help us cut down costs – and they do it in some unexpected ways. In no particular order, here are some of the benefits of having energy efficient windows in your home.
Benefits of Energy Efficient Windows
- Saves Energy & Money
Alright this is the most obvious benefit and it does this by properly insulating your home, thus ensuring your home uses less energy, and thus pay less electricity bill.
The interesting thing is that your home will be insulated regardless of the climate you live in. If you live in an area with long winters, an energy efficient window will mean your home will heat up faster since the windows will stay warmer, condense less, and prevent energy loss – all of which makes heating take longer.
If you live in a warmer climate, poorly insulated windows can lead to heat gain – so you might need to keep the AC on longer. To get a clearer picture of what this could save you, thermally improved windows (which usually have non metal frames, low U-factor and low E-coating) can save up to 25% of your heating costs (depending of course, on the size of your home and the number of windows).
- Less Frosting & Condensation
It isn’t unusual to find mold or fungus growing by your window after a particularly tough winter. The reason is that mold and rot thrive when there’s frost or condensation. Because energy efficient windows are by nature, warmer, they tend to prevent condensation and frost from accumulating – thus making it difficult for mold to grow.
- Better Lighting & View
One of the reasons most people resort to window coverings and shades is to dull the harsh effects of the sun’s radiation. This means even if you have a nice view, you can’t stare at it unless the weather’s conducive. However since energy efficient windows are designed to protect you from the harshest effects of the sun, you’ll be able to enjoy the view without squinting since the sun’s rays will be dulled. Note that dulling the sun’s power doesn’t necessarily mean reducing its brightness.
- Reduced Heating/Cooling Requirements In Your Home
While this benefit is closely related to cost savings, however it does differ from what you’ve already seen.
Before installing your heater/furnace/AC, your electrician will need to determine the peak cooling and heating loads (maximum cooling and heating requirement at one time) of your home to know the size of heater/cooler to buy.
Energy efficient windows tend to lower this peak load, meaning if you already have these windows installed, you can get away with installing a much smaller heater/cooler for your home – which is pretty sweet.
In spite of all the benefits of energy efficient windows, they don’t typically cost all that much to install. You can decide whether or not to include some premium upgrades – like triple glazing – which can cost an extra $50 to $70 per window.
Overall, there are many benefits of energy efficient windows. From reducing your bill to preventing mold, energy efficient windows are a great option for any homeowner. Element Exteriors provides different types of window options for anyone looking to remodel their home.