Window replacement companies often claim that new windows can lower heating and cooling costs. Is this true?
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, "heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for 25%–30% of residential heating and cooling energy use." The DOE website article also states, "it's important to choose the most efficient windows you can afford that work best in your climate."
So, to answer your original question: yes, windows help with heating and cooling costs. Here are some tips for picking the right window for your climate and budget.
Tips for Selecting Energy-Efficient Windows
Of course, there are some things you can do to make your current windows more efficient. Consider adding caulk and weatherstripping. Use window coverings that help increase efficiency. Also, consider using awnings or overhangs to create additional shade on your home during the summer.
However, if it's time to replace your windows, here are some tips.
Look for the Energy Star label.
The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) runs tests on windows to measure performance. Those products with a specific energy performance rating are given an Energy Star label. At a minimum, look for replacement windows with this designation.
The Midwest experiences extreme cold. The DOE recommends gas-filled windows with Low-E coatings for this type of climate. The government agency further recommends that you choose a low U-factor (the rate at which a window conducts non-solar heat flow) for harsh Midwestern winters.
Unfortunately, the Midwest also experiences extreme heat. If you are most concerned with reducing your cooling bills, select windows with coatings designed to reduce heat gain. Specifically, look for a low solar heat gain coefficient, a measure of solar radiation admitted through a window.
Select a Window Company Known for Expert Installation
The Department of Energy also warns homeowners that "even the most energy-efficient window must be properly installed to ensure energy efficiency and comfort. Have your windows installed by trained professionals according to manufacturer's instructions; otherwise, your warranty may be void."
There's a lot to consider when installing windows. The techniques vary depending on the type of window and the construction material used for the house.
Contact Integrity Roofing, Siding, and Windows
You can depend on Integrity Roofing, Siding, and Windows to help you lower your heating and cooling costs.
For one thing, we are a locally owned and operated Midwest window replacement company. Because we live here, we understand what type of windows work best in our climate. And we offer vinyl and fiberglass windows that offer excellent energy efficiency for homes that experience extreme heat and cold.
Also, your Integrity windows will lower your heating and cooling costs because we carefully select and train our window installation team. When our team of window installers leaves your home, you can be assured that all of your replacement windows will be plumb and level to ensure they will open and close easily. They will also be insulated with low-expansion air foam to seal all air cavities.
Reach out to Integrity Roofing, Siding, and Windows, a Certified Contractor for Pella, and ask for help lowering your heating and cooling bills.