Not-so-fun-fact: the typical American family spends $2,000 a year on their energy bills. Unfortunately, tons of energy and money are wasted through leaky windows, ducts, old appliances or inefficient heating and cooling systems.
While windows can be one of the most beautiful features of your home, drafty windows can be a burden to your energy bill. According to the Department of Energy, inefficient windows are responsible for 25% of residential heating and cooling energy use. This causes extra strain on your heating and cooling systems – and higher electric bills.
If your home has old, outdated, consider replacing them with new, energy-efficient windows.
Our windows are available in two glass options to keep your home feeling comfortable year-round. If you’re looking for maximum value, consider selecting windows with double pane glass. These windows are equipped with two glass panes coated in two layers of Low-E coating, blocking almost 80% of UV rays from the sun.
Triple pane glass, however, is the best choice for homeowners looking for maximum energy efficiency. Like double pane windows, these windows are equipped with two layers of Low-E coating. However, triple pane windows include a third pane of glass, blocking 90% of UV rays from the sun.
Window replacement is a major investment, and we understand you may not be ready to start such a large project at this time. If you’re looking for smaller, more manageable ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency, consider our tips:
- Install white window shades, drapes or blinds to reflect heat away from the house.
- Study your family’s lighting needs and look for ways to use sensors, dimmers or timers to reduce usage.
- Plug home electronics into power strips and turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use. Even in standby mode, these electronics still use several watts of power.
- Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes, and air-dry dishes and laundry.
- Look for ENERGY STAR ® labels on products such as light bulbs, home appliances, and electronics. ENERGY STAR ® products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.
- Clean or replace filters on furnaces and air conditioners once a month or as recommended.
- Consider using a programmable thermostat to control the temperature of your home from the convenience of an app.
- Regularly defrost manual-defrost freezers and refrigerators; frost buildup decreases the energy efficiency of the unit. Don’t allow frost to build up more than one-quarter of an inch.
When you’re ready to start your window replacement project, schedule an in-home estimate with one of our exterior design consultants. Our team will discuss your project with you and discuss your options so you can find the best fit for your budget. You’ll then receive a quote good for up to six months. If you’re considering financing your project, we also offer budget-friendly deals to help you get the windows of your dreams. When you’re ready to start your window replacement project, schedule your in-home estimate at WindowNation.com.