Energy Efficient Windows
Windows tend to fall into the category of “don’t worry about it until something goes wrong.” This line of thinking can be detrimental to homeowners, especially those in areas like El Paso where the weather gets incrementally hot throughout the year. Windows play a major role in keeping homes comfortable, safe, and ecofriendly. If your home has older windows, you need to consider an upgrade. Older windows make use of outdated materials that allow for air to leak out, resulting in higher energy bills. By upgrading single-pane windows to Energy Star certified windows, homeowners can save from $126 to $465 on their yearly energy bills!
Homeowners in El Paso Benefit Greatly
from Energy Efficient Windows
If you’re looking to save on your home’s energy costs, consider energy efficient windows! Homes built from 1950 to 1980 especially benefit from upgrades to energy efficient windows. New energy efficient windows are great for a variety of reasons. For starters, they simply make your home look better by increasing curb appeal. In fact, new windows offer an incredible return on investment. The price of window replacement will translate to savings in your energy bills and, whenever you decide to move out, the new windows can increase the value of your home! There’s truly no downside to energy efficient windows!
How Energy Efficient Windows Work
At City View Windows and Doors, we strive to provide the best service possible. In order for energy efficient windows to work as they’re truly meant to, homeowners must understand exactly what makes a window “energy efficient.” These types of windows are quickly becoming the standard for homebuilders which is why older homes (pre-2004) most commonly require the upgrade. The materials used are what set energy efficient windows apart from other types of windows.
Energy efficient windows make use of multiple glass panes to reduce heat transfer. The sunlight from outside won’t enter your home at such high levels because of the insulating space of air between the multiple panes. This space can also be filled with nontoxic gas to further increase the efficiency!
To further increase efficiency, low-emissivity coating will be added to the surface of the window glass. Low-e coatings are basically thin layers of metal or metallic oxide that reflect sunlight. This comes in handy for homeowners in El Paso since we see sunshine for most of the year. Windows without this type of coating allow more heat to enter homes which, in turn, causes homeowners to use the air conditioner more in order to keep the home comfortable.
Energy Star Certification
Energy Star is the international standard for energy efficiency. When a product boasts an Energy Star certification, homeowners can feel confident in knowing that it follows strict guidelines that translate to energy efficiency and savings. The Energy Star criteria for window glass is split up between the climate zones in the United States. El Paso, Texas, for instance, is situated in the South Central climate zone. From there, the U-Factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient go into consideration. The term U-Factor refers to the rate of heat loss. Windows with lower U-Factors have greater resistance to heat flow as well as better insulating properties. Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) refers to the fraction of incident solar radiation that passes through a window. The lower the coefficient, the less solar heat is transmitted. When a window has the right number in both these factors, then it can receive Energy Star certification status.
Choose City View Windows and Doors
If you’re ready to upgrade your windows, City View Windows and Doors is ready to help. When you choose us, you’ll receive the care and assistance you deserve. There will be no guesswork or confusion. We believe in the importance of affordability and attention to the customer. Our team will come to your home and we’ll sit down and listen to when you need. From there, we will offer various options that will suit these needs as completely as possible. Once you’ve made your decision, we will begin the installation process. Before long, you’ll begin to see the wonderful benefits that come about from retrofitting your home with energy efficient windows!