5 Facts To Help You Determine If Energy-Efficient Windows Are The Right Option

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Energy-efficient windows are a great investment in your home. They allow you to use less energy to successfully heat and cool your home, and they protect your belongings. If you are considering installing energy-efficient windows in your home, check out these five facts to help determine if they are the right choice for your home.

They Reduce the Flow of Heat

Energy-efficient windows are so efficient because they reduce the flow of heat. This keeps the hot air outside during the summer and inside during the winter. The best energy-efficient windows block the flow of heat in two ways. First, the frames are made with less conductive materials, which means less heat can actually pass through the solid material. They also block the flow of radiant heat. Radiant heat is when heat moves to something cold. With windows, for example, the hot air inside your home is transferred to the cold window and expelled outside. Energy-efficient windows block radiant heat by using low-E coatings. These low-E coatings reflect some wavelengths, so the heat bounces off the window instead of getting absorbed.

They Prevent Drafts

Energy-efficient windows also help prevent drafts in your home on cold days. Windows cause drafts by cooling the air that touches the window. When the air is cooled, it naturally sinks, allowing more hot air to take its place. The cycle continues as hot air cools and drops. Energy-efficient windows stop drafts with double-paned windows that are filled with special, less-conductive gasses that prevent the air from cooling and falling.

They Protect Your Furniture

You've probably seen outdoor furniture faded by the damaging effects of the sun, but you may not realize that your indoor furniture can be affected too. Placing furniture near windows exposes them to UV rays, which aren't just bad for your skin. They also fade materials, such as fabrics and wood. This can affect drapes, couches, wood floors, photographs and many other items in your home. The same low-E coatings that prevent the flow of radiant heat also block many UV rays. This keeps your indoor furniture looking better longer and saves you money.

They Are an Investment

If you do decide to install energy-efficient windows, expect to pay a lot. A single window replacement costs between $270 and $800, but they are a great investment because the return on investment is about 72.9 percent. Plus, you'll see savings each month on your heating and cooling costs because you have to use less energy to heat and cool your home. However, to really benefit, you have to replace all your windows at once. Replacing one bad window won't generate the same energy-saving results or have a great return on investment. Unless you're going to swap out all your windows, you're only wasting your money.

There Are Less Expensive and Less Effective Alternatives

If you want more energy-efficient windows but can't afford to replace all your windows with energy-efficient windows, there are alternatives. Vinyl windows are an inexpensive option to replace old metal windows. Vinyl is less conductive than metal, so it helps stop the flow of heat. There are also low-E films you can place on your current windows. The clear films don't affect the view through your window, but they aren't as effective as the silver ones, which do limit visibility. Both alternatives aren't as affective as energy-efficient windows and don't increase the value of your home.      

While there are alternatives, energy-efficient windows are your best option, but only if you replace them all. If you're ready to see your energy bills drop, contact a contractor in your area today. Get a quote and learn how energy-efficient windows can benefit you. You can also visit http://www.newmanroof.com to learn more about window replacement options. 

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