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Home Energy Efficiency: Planning And Window Replacement

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Energy efficiency is more than a buzzword topic. Improving the energy efficiency of your home can reduce your utility bills and ultimately make your house more eco-friendly. A large part of that energy efficiency comes from your windows. Study your house's unique heating and cooling needs, and develop a plan for replacing your windows to meet those needs.
Study the Heating and Cooling Needs of your House
Start with a home energy audit, which is an examination of your house that offers details about the location of energy loss in your home. The audit also identifies which of your house's systems are operating inefficiently. At the conclusion of the audit, you can expect to receive information about measures you can implement to make your house more energy-efficient.

Part of your energy audit should be a deep dive into the heating and cooling needs of your house. Start with your utility bills, checking them through all four seasons. Naturally, you'll likely see a spike when you need to run the heater or air conditioner. However, a sharp spike probably indicates energy inefficiency. 

Look at the orientation of you house. South-facing windows tend to let in more infrared heat. Likewise, rooms located in the northern part of the house may need more heating in the cold months. This kind of information can help you develop a plan for upgrading your windows, which will go a long way toward making your house more energy-efficient.
Research the Right Windows
You have a wide array of window choices. You get to choose your frame material, the number of glass panes, coatings, and gas fills.

Concerning the frame, wood offers the best insulative value. That value means the heat doesn't enter or exit your room through the wood. Wooden window frames require more upkeep, so many homeowners choose woodclad frames. These frames consist of wooden interiors with vinyl or aluminum exteriors.

You can choose between single-, double-, and triple-paned glass. Single-paned glass is the least energy efficient. For most windows, double-paned glass is sufficient, especially if you combine it with gas fills and coatings. However, if you have an area that's especially cold, triple-paned windows can help keep even more heat inside your room.

The space between double- or triple-paned glass can be left alone. Conversely, manufacturers can fill the space with gas, typically either krypton or argon. Both are inert, non-toxic gases that minimize the transfer of heat through the window. Therefore, you don't lose heat to exterior cold, nor does the external heat enter the room.

Glass coatings control how solar energy enters your house. Called low-emissivity, or low-e, the glass coatings are either passive or solar control. Passive coatings allow infrared heat to pass through, thus creating more warmth without the need for active heating. Solar control coatings limit the amount of solar energy passing through the glass, thus keeping the room cooler.
Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Windows According to Plan
While you can choose the most energy-efficient window - likely a triple-paned, glazed, gas-filled window with wooden frames - for each replacement, your energy-efficiency plan can provide a better blueprint of your house's unique needs. Such a plan also helps mitigate the cost of replacing your windows.

So, look at the rooms that drain the most of your cooling energy. You'll want to choose windows with the solar control low-e coatings to minimize the amount of infrared heat that enters the room. For rooms that drain your heating energy, opt for the passive low-e coatings. Gas fills can work in both situations.

If you have rooms that don't present any particular heating or cooling drains, you can probably get away with simple double-hung windows with limited - if any - coatings, and no gas fills. Conversely, if you're upgrading with glass coatings and gas fills, you might be able to choose aluminum or vinyl frames and still improve your home's energy efficiency.

Upgrading your windows to the proper energy-efficient varieties can ultimately save you money in your utility bills. Economy Glass Inc can help you choose the best windows for your energy efficiency plan.


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