Energy Savings Q&A
“Energy efficiency” is a hot topic these days, with the goal being the protection of the environment and saving homeowners money. At Hi-Tech Windows & Siding we are able to do both by installing new, advanced replacement windows. In order to further explain the energy saving powers of new replacement windows, we’ve put together this Q & A session regarding the subject. If you have further question be sure to contact the leading choice for replacement windows: Hi-Tech Windows & Siding.
Q: How can energy-efficient vinyl replacement or new construction windows save me money?
A: Vinyl windows with energy-efficient glass packages can dramatically help prevent the transfer of heat and cold into and out of your home during various seasons of the year. By controlling this natural conduction, you can better manage the comfort level in your home. You can save money–and realize a significant return on investment–by lowering the amount of energy it takes to heat or cool your home throughout the year.
Q: When should I replace the windows in my home?
A: Just like roofing and siding, windows need to be replaced every 20 years or so. Make it a part of your yearly home maintenance checklist to carefully evaluate your windows. Older windows can lose efficiency, causing heating and cooling bills to rise. When it’s time to replace the windows, research upgraded windows that can help lower your monthly energy bills.
Q: How do I evaluate my windows?
A: To determine if your current windows are energy-efficient:
- Look for condensation between the panes of glass on double- or triple-glazed windows. This could indicate seal failure. If this is the case, you might need to replace the glass or the entire window.
- Check to see if there are any faded areas on your carpets or upholstered furniture where ultraviolet rays have damaged the interior of your home. This is an indication that your windows need spectrally selective Low E glass to block the sun’s harmful rays.
- Research to determine if your glass package has the superior insulation properties of a low U-value window.
- Look at your monthly heating and cooling bills. If they are too high, it is time to replace your windows!
Q: What window frame type is the most energy efficient?
A: Vinyl frames with multi-chambered construction and fusion-welded corners are one of the most energy-efficient available. Vinyl frames are especially effective when combined with a Low E glass package.
Q: What kind of glass should I ask for in replacement windows?
A: When installing new windows in Andover or Haverhill homes, you’ll want to start with multiple-pane glass in your window. A dense, harmless (and odorless) gas, like Argon or Krypton, should fill the area between the panes of glass. This gas acts as a barrier and helps to prevent the transfer of heat or cold into your home, helping you use less energy.
Q: Why should I consider vinyl framed replacement windows?
A: Vinyl replacement windows are durable and help lower monthly energy costs, increase the value of your home, reduce maintenance hassles and add beauty to the interior and exterior of your home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the typical home loses more than 25% of its energy through inefficient windows. The DOE reports that vinyl windows have moderate to high R-values, a measure of both the construction of the window and the materials used versus heat flow. That translates into reduced heat loss and greater thermal efficiency that can help you save money and reduce energy costs. Another reason to consider vinyl replacement windows is that they can be custom made to fit your design and remodeling requirements.
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