When we usually talk about energy-efficient windows the conversation is often about keeping heat in and the cold out during the winter. While heat retention in winter is very important, so is cold air retention in summer. The last thing you want is for the hot, summer sun to seep into your home and drive your cooling bill up. Energy efficient windows are a great asset during summer months; read on to find out exactly what they can do for your home.
Window Insulation Helps With Summer Heat Reduction
Insulated windows help keep the outdoor heat from getting into your home and keep your air conditioning from seeping out through the windows. When you’re looking into window replacement, look at windows with the lowest U-factor possible. U-factors measure the gain and loss of heat through the panes; the lower that number, the better insulated the windows will be. Windows with a low U-factor will be a huge help when it comes to home temperature control year-round.
Home Energy Savings
Window replacement may seem pricey but energy-efficient windows will be able to pay for themselves with how much money they save you on your energy bills. The outcome is rather simple: If your home’s heat and air conditioning doesn’t escape through the windows, you don’t have to use as much energy maintaining the temperature, and your energy bills will be lower. Heat lost and gained through windows is responsible for about 25% of energy use so new windows will greatly help with air conditioning efficiency during the summer.
Window UV Protection
Not only do energy efficient windows help with the heat, they also help with the damaging effects of the sunlight itself. Low-emissivity (low-E) coatings on energy efficient windows ensure that natural light can pass through the glass and brighten up your home while keeping harmful UV rays out. Not only will UV protection keep your skin safe from sunburns but it also helps protect carpets, furniture, and other decorations from fading over time.
Less Summer Window Maintenance
Energy efficient windows cause less condensation. Less condensation helps prevent other annoying issues, such as mildew buildup in the corners and edges of the window. This leads to a decrease in the frequency that your windows need a thorough cleaning and makes maintenance a breeze!
When it comes to summer cooling tips, replacing your windows might not be the first one you think of despite being one of the best ways to ensure your home stays comfortable on the hottest days. New windows are one of the best energy efficient home improvements you can make. If you’re ready to take the plunge and install energy efficient windows in your home, reach out to Oaks Construction, and we’ll be happy to help you with all of your installation needs!