Outdated, decaying windows can allow up to 40% of cooling in your home to escape. Not only does this make your home less comfortable, but it also increases your cooling and heating costs. Energy efficiency should be a top priority, especially when choosing replacement windows in Scottsdale, AZ. Choosing the right material and the right style can save you as much as 20% annually on your energy bills. So here is a breakdown of how to find the most energy efficient windows for your home:
The frame material is the base on all replacement windows. It will dictate the aesthetics, strength, and efficiency of your new windows. And with four choices, you want to learn all you can about which products will work best for the windows in your home.
- Wood. Most modern wood windows are actually wood clad. They are wood on the inside with a more durable aluminum or fiberglass cladding on the outside. These windows are ideal for those who are drawn to the traditional aesthetics of wood windows but don’t want the full maintenance of all wood. These windows are great insulators but come at a higher price tag.
- Vinyl. These windows are some of the most affordable options but are in no way cheap. If you choose quality vinyl windows they are durable, low maintenance, weather resistant and some of the most energy efficient on the market.
- Aluminum. Many homeowners believe aluminum windows allow too much heat transfer to be energy efficient. But with the advancement in thermal breaks and glass technology, this simply isn’t true. These windows are strong and durable, and a good mid-grade product.
- Fiberglass. Fiberglass windows are strong, lightweight, weather resistant, and energy efficient. The material has a lower thermal expansion rate and as a result, these windows can last for 30 years or more. But again, these higher quality windows do come at a higher cost.
After the frame material comes the window style. This dictates how the window looks and functions. There are countless options on the market, but there are some window styles that outrank the others when it comes to efficiency. These windows include:
- Picture windows. These windows do not open and close. They are the most energy efficient. You can get them in almost any shape and size. And with the right upgrades, even larger panes of glass can remain energy efficient.
- Casement and awning windows. Casement windows hinge to one side and open outward like a door. Awning windows hinge at the top and when they open the glass pane protects the opening. The reason these operable windows are still efficient is that they are single panes that close and seal tight.
- Sliding windows. These feature a pane that slides left and right or up and down over a fixed pane. They have a traditional style that appeals to many homeowners. And while they are great for ventilation they start approaching the lower end of efficiency because of the gaps in the assembly.
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