Replacing your old, inefficient windows with new units is one of the best home improvement projects. This project can result in enhanced curb appeal and better energy efficiency for your home.
When shopping for new windows, you need to consider a lot of things. Here’s a quick and simple guide to help you with your choice.
Saving Money With New Windows
Replacement windows are often advertised as being capable of helping homeowners save on heating and cooling expenses. It is true, but there’s more to it. The savings you can get from installing new windows depend on various factors, including the size of your home, the amount of foliage that gives your home shade, the quality of insulation in your home and the climate where you live.
Choosing Your Window Options
When shopping for replacement windows, finding ones that fit your home’s openings is not enough. You have plenty of options when it comes to the windows’ materials, style, glass and glazing. The choices you make for each could have a big impact on your energy bill.
For example, the various window frame materials offer different levels of performance and durability. Window styles vary in terms of insulation and ventilation. Certain glass options come with special coatings that can block ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) rays better than ordinary ones. Some units come with mechanisms that make cleaning as hassle-free as possible.
Focusing on Energy Efficiency
Of course, you shouldn’t overlook energy efficiency when shopping for new windows. Look for the ENERGY STAR® and National Fenestration Ratings Council® (NFRC) labels as these are the indicators of a window’s energy performance. Take note of the ratings written on the latter label; these can help you compare how well the window unit blocks cold, heat and outside air.
Illinois Energy Windows & Siding, Inc. is dedicated to providing our customers with the perfect home window installation for every type of home. Give us a call at (630) 627-9200, or fill out our contact form to get started. We serve residents in the following service areas: Highland Park, Evanston and Park Ridge.