Solve Your Energy Problems with New Energy Efficient Windows
July 13, 2009
Just because some windows look similar doesn't mean they will offer similar performance, especially when it comes to energy-efficient qualities. It is a fact that certain types of windows are much more energy-efficient than others. So how do you go about researching and selecting the right windows for your home? The selection process can be easier than you think, as long as you know a few key terms.
One of the best ways to determine the energy-efficiency of any given window is to compare the rating labels. Because different climates demand different types of heating and cooling requirements, the energy-efficient ratings are adjusted to compensate for these differences. For example, the minimum standard for the North region is a U-factor of .35 or lower, the Central a .40 or lower, and the South a .75 or lower. The U-factor measures a windows ability to conduct heat, so switching to a more energy-efficient window can reduce your heating, cooling, and lighting costs by as much as 40%.
New Windows vs. Heating/Cooling Systems
As your energy costs rise it may seem logical to replace or augment your heating and cooling systems. However, all you're really doing is compensating for inadequate windows. By making the decision to purchase new, energy-efficient windows, you can offset your current energy costs and consumption. And eventually you can recuperate the original cost of the windows themselves as well as possibly obtain significant tax breaks and incentives. The choice is yours. Can you afford to wait?
Debbie Wilson owns and operates a lakeside resort. Her previous experience includes profitability consulting for a national healthcare company. Debbie holds a B.A. in Business Management with a minor in Physical Education.