Windows are the eyes of the house. They're your view of the outside world. May it be your lakeview, backyard, the city skyline or your neighborhood street, windows allow you to see the world right from the comfort of your couch.
Windows can also drain your wallet if they're not energy efficient. Up to 25% of heat can be lost through windows. There are several window replacements and other options you can implement to make sure you're getting the biggest bang for your window buck.
- ENERGY STAR Windows- This is a great place to start researching what energy efficient windows are best for you and the region in which you live. ENERGY STAR does not maintain a list of window brands or models claiming one type of window might be qualified in Texas but not in Minnesota. ENERGY STAR recommends noting the U-Factor and SHGC in your particular region and basing your decision making from there. Not sure what your U-Factor and SHGC are? Scroll to the bottom of the ENERGY STAR Qualification Criteria document to find out.
- Double Up - If you currently have single-pane windows you may want to consider doubling up with gas-filled double-pane windows with low-e coatings, especially if you're in a colder climate. Does this sound like a foreign language? Fret not. We'll explain. According to ENERGY STAR , argon and krypton gases can be used between the double panes of windows instead of air to increase insulation and energy efficiency. And low-e coatings, are low-emittance coatings that help reduce the U-Factor of windows. Phew! Did you ever think windows were so complicated?!
- Install Window Treatments - Did you know installing window treatments can actually keep heating and cooling costs down? Although a little old-fashioned, this tip works when you have the right type of treatment. Keeping drapes closed can retain heat and block out the blazing sun during warmer temperatures to keep cool air in. Interesting in learning more about? Energy.gov is a great resource to discover the most energy efficient window treatments - everything from awnings to storm panels.
- Window Repair - Leaky windows, wood rotted window frames, and cracking caulk are energy efficient issues and are all signs that you need window repair. Not sure how to check these things? Take a peek at our residential window repair advice page which outlines how and why these things happen.
These are just a few of the many changes you can make to make your home and windows more energy efficient in 2013.
Read more about saving on your electric and utility bills in our home energy efficiency guide.
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