What Makes a Window Energy Efficient?
How Colorado Front Range Homeowners Can Get
The Most Energy Efficient Windows
If you’re shopping for replacement windows, energy efficiency is likely high on your list of requirements. Having an energy efficient window not only keeps your home more comfortable no matter how hot or cold it gets outside, but it can also have a significant impact on lowering your heating and cooling costs.
Efficient windows also make for a smarter environmental choice because you’ll consume less energy, helping conserve resources.
With the importance of efficiency, it’s important for homeowners want to know what specific qualities make for the most energy efficient windows.
Here are the 3 keys to getting energy efficient windows:
With windows being almost all glass, the number of panes you have in your windows is by far the most important key to making a window efficient. Triple-pane windows are the only solution if you want maximum in-home comfort and energy savings.
Triple pane windows limit heat transfer, keeping your home cooler and more comfortable in the summer. Triple-panes are also the key to retaining more heat in your home during the winter.
While some Colorado Front Range window companies will tell you that they can coat a double-pane window with enough Low E to make it as efficient as a triple-pane, that’s not true. No double-pane window can match the comfort of a triple-pane window.
Other parts of the window and the installation can affect the efficiency of new windows, but homeowners should know that when it comes to energy efficiency, it’s almost all about the glass.
For more information, visit our Triple-Pane Windows page.
The frame of the window also has a role to play in the energy efficiency of replacement windows.
The most energy efficient window frames are strong and solid, reinforced around the entire frame with something that provides extra strength and protection.
High-Density Resin is the best pick for the type of reinforcement. Be sure that you double check that the frames you’re looking at aren’t just partially reinforced.
For more about just how energy-efficient our windows are, visit our Energy Efficiency page.
One thing that is often overlooked – but shouldn’t be – is proper installation. Poor installation can have a disastrous effect on energy efficiency.
The truth is that even the best, most energy-efficient windows will fail if not installed properly.
Poor installation can also lead to drafty windows that make your home uncomfortable and can make your heating and air conditioning systems work harder than they should.
Smart homeowners will ask questions about installers:
- Who will measure the windows for a custom fit?
- What is the level of experience of the installers that will show up on installation day?
- Does the company have a lot of installer turnover?
Remember that window replacement is a golden opportunity to cut your energy costs for decades to come. Be sure that the Colorado Front Range window company you choose has a proven track record and installs triple-pane windows.
For a free consultation and quote on a replacement window project, Contact Us.