With more than 40% of a typical home’s annual energy budget consumed by heating and cooling, the quality of your windows can affect how much you spend keeping your home warm in the winter or keeping it cool in the summer. Higher quality windows have a higher R-value, which indicates the resistance of heat flow through the glass. If you line up several windows of identical size and color at your local home improvement store, you probably couldn’t tell by looking at them which ones would offer better energy efficiency – which is why you need to understand the R-value. It may be possible to get decent big box windows, but it’s always a good idea to work with an expert replacement window contractor who can provide explanations about each of the windows you are considering. Big box stores don’t typically hire experts who can assist you in the decision-making process, but they will definitely help you fill your cart and make the purchase! Benefits of Windows With High R-Value There are many benefits to buying higher quality windows with higher R-value, and all translate to keeping more money in your pocket.
- Use less energy to heat your home due to less heat loss
- Reduced solar heat coming through windows in the summer, making it easier to keep your home cool
- Improved ability to keep temperature uniform throughout all rooms of your home