Every homeowner wants their to be energy efficient. Whether you’re trying to reduce your heating bills during a cold Midwestern winter or you’re trying to keep the heat out during the summers, your windows are a major part of your home’s defense against the weather outside. Before you replace your old windows, learn what to look for in new ones. Although the ratings may seem like a foreign language, it’s actually quite easy to decipher once you know what you’re looking for!
Always Choose Windows That Are Energy Star Rated
Energy Star is a rating by the government’s Environmental Protection Agency that’s given to appliances, windows and doors. The ratings promote energy efficiency and although participation in the program is completely voluntary, many appliance and window manufacturers willingly create products that meet the EPA’s standards and then have them tested by a qualified third party evaluator. Within the last year, the agency’s Energy Star ratings have become even more strict which means that Energy Star rated windows manufactured this year are up to 30% more efficient that ones manufactured in the year 2000.
Learn About The U Factor For Your Windows
In colder climates, the U Factor is likely the most important thing to consider. It’s sometimes called the U Value and this number measures how well the window will prevent heat from escaping into the cold outdoors. Like in golf, the lower the U Factor, the better! Think about your previous heating bills when choosing which windows to purchase. The higher your heating bills, the lower U Factor you should have. In the Midwest, look for a U Factor of 0.40 or lower.
Learn About The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient For Your Windows
The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient is typically more important in warmer climates and it measures how much solar heat comes into the home from the outside. If you run your air conditioner nonstop in the summer months, look for a SHGC of 0.40 or lower, but if you only use your air conditioner every once in a while, a SHGC of 0.55 is likely okay.
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Combining U Factor And SHGC To Find The Best Windows As Winter Arrives
If you’re not sure which number is more important for your home, Opal Enterprises can help you determine how to make the best choice to improve your home’s energy efficiency. Now is actually an excellent time to replace your old and worn out windows. Wait too long and your heating bills could skyrocket during the long, cold winter months. Although a typical window replacement can be done in just a day, it can make for a chilly day if you choose to do it in the middle of winter, which makes now and ideal time to replace your old windows.
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