Energy Efficient Replacement Windows
As a homeowner, do you think your existing windows couldn’t possibly be costing you too much in energy spending? Think again, because poorly performing windows can drive up energy costs more than you might realize.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, nearly 25% of a home’s heating and cooling costs throughout the year can be traced back to windows that aren’t providing the best insulation and efficiency. That’s a lot of money that would be better off in your savings account, right?
It’s worth considering how new windows from top manufacturers can help you have a home that retains its value. And the added comfort and attractiveness of replacement windows, installed by Kelly Window & Door, can give you a home you’re proud of for years to come.
Blazing hot summer days send heat pounding up against your home’s windows, making it uncomfortably hot. Heat can also radiate from your driveway or sidewalk, causing discomfort in your home. Window energy efficiency affects your home’s indoor comfort, so it pays to invest in energy-efficient replacement windows.
Low-E Glass Coatings Keep Your Home Cool
Low Emissivity (Low-E) coatings on your window glass are a new innovative way to keep your home cool each summer. It’s tough to control indoor temperatures and utilities bills when windows are not treated with Low-E coatings.
Metallic Low-E coatings reflect outdoor heat and light. They are so thin, your Low-E coated glass still allows you to see through your window clearly. Low-E is a colorless, non-toxic coating that is safe, and quickly becoming the standard for up-to-date homes. Reflective Low-E glass ensures your home will be comfortable and energy-efficient. Windowpanes come with internal and external Low-E options.
ENERGY STAR® rated windows with Low-E coating keep indoor temperatures comfortable and utilities bills manageable.
Advantages of Low-E Windows
1. Decrease your utilities bills
Windows with Low-E coatings block infrared light from penetrating your home. They help decrease your energy usage, and therefore contribute to making your air conditioner last longer.
2. Allow Natural Light in Your Home
Low-E glass coatings keep the heat out, but let the natural light into your home. The mood-boosting effects of natural light are not hindered due to Low-E coatings. They resist infrared light while allowing visible light through your windows. This innovative technology causes homeowners to enjoy their window replacements and enhance their lifestyle.
3. Resist UV Rays
The same UV light that causes you to get a sunburn can impact your belongings if it enters your home through your windows. Your furniture, flooring, carpeting, and window treatments are all subject to fading due to ultraviolet (UV) light. But Low-E coatings on your window glass help reduce ultraviolet light from entering your home, decreasing the possibility of fading or damaging your furniture.
Signs Your Windows Lack Energy Efficiency
If you’re not sure whether your home’s windows are keeping your home as efficient as possible, ask yourself these questions.
- Do your windows feel particularly cold in winter and hot in summer?
- Can you feel an unwanted draft sneaking in from your current windows?
- Are your utilities bills rising for no known reason?
- Are your windows broken or cracked, compromising your home’s protection?
- Is it difficult to completely open, close, and lock your current windows?
- Do your windows frequently fog up or show signs of condensation?
- Is your heat or air conditioning running almost constantly to keep your home comfortable?
Uncover Why Your Current Windows Are Inefficient
There are some common factors that contribute to why your windows may be causing your heating and cooling costs to be higher than usual. If your home is over 30 years old, your windows are likely inefficient. Older windows simply don’t have the modern, energy saving features of today’s modern choices.
If your home was built by a contractor who cut corners and installed low-quality windows, they may not be efficient. If your windows were installed improperly, with incomplete seals or missing caulking, they’re going to cost you in higher utilities.
Another reason your current windows may be inefficient is simply damage. If your windows are broken, cracked, rotting, or otherwise malfunctioning in ways that keep you from getting the most value out of them—it’s time for replacement windows.
There are multiple decisions to make when choosing window features. Here are a few of our favorite window options:
- For increased energy efficiency, combine Low-E glass with double or triple paned windows.
- Boost your energy savings by adding gas fills such as argon or krypton to your windows coated in Low-E glass.
- For an abundance of natural light, get window replacements with the best visible transmittance (VT) rating.
Get a Window Replacement Contractor You Can Trust
At Kelly Window and Door, we understand it can feel overwhelming to need home upgrades. That’s why for nearly 27 Years, we’ve provided homeowners with over 4,000 successful installations using durable, lasting, beautiful materials. We take time to educate you on replacement window material options so you can make the best choice for your long-term needs, and get the look you desire.
Our professional staff assists you in the selection process, including the number of windowpanes, window type, window color, and finish. We take your home’s overall look into consideration, and guide you in finding the perfect style to match your taste. Our custom window options give you the opportunity to invest in exactly what you desire, so you can enjoy it for years to come.
You deserve top-performing home products that give you confidence and enhance your investment in your home. Transform your home with new windows, and enjoy indoor comfort year-round. Learn more about our window services and allow us to guide you through the selection process.