Window replacement is a significant investment, so you’ll want to choose high-quality and energy-efficient products for this project. These windows can improve your home’s protection against harsh elements and help you save on heating and cooling costs.
Here’s a guide to help you choose energy-efficient windows for your home.
Look for ENERGY STAR® Label and Rating
While choosing ENERGY STAR-qualified windows seems easy, it actually isn’t. ENERGY STAR window efficiency is determined by U-factor and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC). U-factor refers to how much non-solar heat can escape from your home through the window. A window with a lower U-factor is more energy-efficient. On the other hand, SHGC measures how much solar heat can pass through the window. The lower your window’s a lower SHGC, the better it can block solar heat gain.
Choose the Right Window Frame
The frame material can affect the window’s energy efficiency. There are various window frame materials available today like fiberglass, vinyl and composite. Usually, the area where you live can determine the best window frame material for your home. Fiberglass frames are mostly recommended by window experts since they resist heat more than aluminum frames. For your fiberglass window replacement, you can count on Skyline Windows.
Different Types of Glazings
You need to choose the right kind of glazing based on your climate and home design to effectively lower energy costs. Gas fills, Low-E coatings, self-absorbing coatings and reflective coatings are the most common types of glazings.
Gas fills, usually, krypton or argon, are inserted in between glass panes to reduce U-factor. Gray and bronze tints are commonly used to reduce heat and glare of the sun. If you live in a hot climate, you should avoid black tints because they absorb more light than heat. Low-E coatings can help reduce energy loss by 30 to 50 percent. Moreover, reflective window coatings can reduce 40 to 70 percent of solar heat and also lower a window’s SHGC.
Whether you need a fiberglass or composite window replacement, Skyline Windows is here to help. We work with leading window manufacturers in the industry to provide you the best products and services. Call us at (804) 270-4008 or fill out our online form to get a free estimate.