Finding ways to improve the efficiency of the windows in your Brantford home not only helps to lessen your carbon footprint, but also can lower your energy bills which keeps money in your pocket over time. When looking for energy efficient windows, there are some important things to keep in mind before making that purchase.
Type of Window Glass
One of the biggest components of windows is the glass. High quality windows will have glass optimized for the type of climate you live in. Windows that are dual- or triple-paned may have inert argon gas between the panes to help with the insulating properties. Additionally, some glass types may be tinted, laminated, or tempered to prevent UV rays from coming in and will help keep your home much more comfortable.
Properly installing the windows you purchase is key to ensuring they last and are energy efficient. When installed properly, it can help prevent air leaks as the seal will be tight. Leaks and drafts can cause heat loss or reduce the comfort level of your home. It’s essential, therefore, to have your windows installed by a professional.
Construction of the Window Frame
It may not seem related, but the material you choose for your window frames can impact how efficient your new windows are. Wood framing can be the best option for your home as wood transfers less heat and cold into your home, saving you more on energy bills.
Energy Efficiency Labels
When it comes to shopping for new windows, you may notice that there are stickers or labels on the windows themselves. Windows with ENERGY STAR and/or NFRC labels have been tested thoroughly to meet the requirements to be truly energy efficient.
Region of your Home
Where your home is located will play a huge part in the type of windows you get for your home. The type of weather you experience will help to figure out what type of energy efficient windows would be best for your home. If you live in a region that gets really cold winters, heating your home during the winter months could be one of the largest expenses you have.
During this time, you may want windows that let in a lot of light, so you don’t have to turn your thermostat up so high. Studies have shown that lowering the temperature in your home by just 2 degrees can help save you up to 8% on your energy bills when you have tightly sealed, properly installed energy efficient windows.
Getting energy efficient windows may be a big purchase now, but it will save you money in the long run on heating and cooling your home.
Contact Dayside Windows Today
Are you looking for the most energy-efficient windows possible for your Brantford home? We can help. Call us today to speak to a member of our team, or visit our Windows Showroom.