Windows: For an Energy-Efficient Home

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With the cost of energy skyrocketing from time to time, homeowners will need to look for ways to conserve energy for heating and cooling without, of course, compromising your family’s comfort. This is where window replacement in Lubbock TX can help you out.

 

For most people, replacement windows are always primarily seen as a way to beautify one’s home or to enhance its curb appeal. Most homeowners also choose to replace their old windows because they want windows that can provide their homes with better light, warmth, and ventilation. But did you know that the windows of your home play an important part in your home’s energy efficiency? The truth of the matter is you can actually reduce energy costs by installing energy-efficient windows. You will see significant changes in your energy bill in the very first month after replacing your existing windows with new energy-efficient replacement windows.

 

Investing on more energy-efficient replacement windows in Odessa TX and the surrounding areas can actually be beneficial for you in the long run. To choose energy-efficient replacement windows, look for the ENERGY STAR and National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) labels. These labels show that the windows have gone through energy efficiency tests. Here are some of the things you need to know:

  • U-factor

U-factor is a measure of heat loss through the window or how a window transfers heat. The higher the U-factor, the worse the window’s thermal performance is on cold days. This measuring scheme is used on the entire window—from the glass and frame to the sash and spacers. This is the only measurement accepted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR program.

 

  • R-value

R-value is used to measure thermal resistance or the insulating properties of a window. This means that the higher the R-value, the better your window will be able insulate your home on warm days.

 

  • SHGC

If the U-factor measures how much heat is lost, the SHGC (solar heat gain coefficient) measures the amount of heat gained. A window with high SHGC is ideal for areas with particularly cold climates, while a window with low SHGC is ideal for areas with warmer climates.

 

  • Frame Quality

Choose a window frame that has the best insulation properties and one that is durable, rigid, and low-maintenance.

 

  • Glass Quality

Energy-efficient glass helps control heating and cooling costs no matter the climate. There are low-E glass options that offer superb insulation available on the market.

 

Find windows with these specific features from Jones & Associates. We offer high-quality ENERGY STAR–compliant replacement windows from Simonton that are not only energy-efficient, but also stylish, durable, and long-lasting. Just give us a call, and we’ll be more than happy to assist you with your questions.

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