Are you a new homeowner or even a seasoned veteran looking for tips about the windows in your home? Want to take steps to improve your energy efficiency or curb appeal? Maybe you’re looking at replacing your windows soon, and you need to know what your options are? No matter what, this post’s for you. Today we’re taking a comprehensive look at residential windows. Here we go!
Energy Efficient Replacement Options – If you’re considering a replacement, check out this page on EnergyStar.gov – https://www.energystar.gov/products/most_efficient/vertical_slider_windows
It lists different manufacturers and gives you information on which climate zones they are appropriate for. This post by The House Designers also gives you a few recommendations based on manufacturer. But you should also do your own homework and look at the U factor rating of your windows.
Choosing the right U Factor – You’ve probably heard of the R-value assigned to different insulation types. The U Factor is a similar metric used to determine the rate of heat transfer so you know how well your windows insulate. These values are usually in a range from .25 to 1.25 and are going to be listed by the manufacturer. Just keep in mind that a lower number means you have better heat insulation.
Find the right Replacement Windows – Another thing you’ll want to be aware of if you’re replacing your windows is the Low-E coating applied to some modern windows. This allows you to save a ton on cooling bills in the summer by reducing the solar heat gain that is allowed to pass through the glass. In come cases, this coating can reduce solar heat by as much as 58%.
WINTER IS COMING – Sorry, not sorry about the cheesy Game of Thrones reference here. Winter heat loss can be a big drain on your finances. It’s important to take some common sense steps to get your windows ready for winter. Here’s a great post that should get your home ready for cold temps and a fictitious medieval zombie apocalypse: http://www.onehouraircovingtonla.com/not-early-get-windows-ready-winter/
Failed Seals? – Just because your home already has double or even triple pane windows, it doesn’t mean you’re operating at peak efficiency. The fact is, seals can fail leaving you with air between your panes instead of the gasses normally used to improve efficiency. Check for condensation between the panes or cracking which might indicate a failed seal. Keep your window warranty information handy just in case.
Cleaning Your Windows – Cleaning your windows may seem like common sense, but what if you’re dealing with tree sap on the outside or splattered paint on the inside? Check out these 10 window cleaning tips to make your next weekend chore a little easier.
Now you’re all set to maintain your home’s windows to the world. Keep an eye out for zombies though. WINTER IS COMING!