Windows provide our homes with light, warmth and ventilation, but they can also negatively affect a home’s energy efficiency. Installing energy-efficient windows in your home can reduce your overall energy cost; when your budget is tight, improvements to your windows’ efficiency can save you money.

There are also ways to improve the energy-efficiency of existing windows in your home. For example, you can add storm windows, re-caulk, weather strip and use other window treatments. Making these modifications to your windows will reduce their air leakage. Window treatments and covers ensure heat stays in during the winter and out in the summer.

If you plan on installing new, energy-efficient windows in your home, there are many things you need to consider: design, selection and installation. New windows will eventually pay for themselves through lower heating, cooling and lighting costs.

Design

Before selecting new windows, you need to determine what kind of windows are best to improve your home’s energy efficiency. In warm climates, overhangs and other shading devices can help prevent excessive heat gain. In cold climates, windows with low SHGC’s (solar heat gain coefficient) are more effective at reducing cooling loads.

Selection

When selecting windows for efficiency, you should consider their energy performance ratings related to your climate and home’s design. A window’s energy efficiency depends on their components, including the window frame, glazing, glass, orientation, climate, building design and much more. Another thing to consider is how the window operates, as some styles have lower air-leakage rates than others.

Installation

The most energy-efficient window is not efficient unless it is installed properly. Having a professional install your windows according to the manufacturer’s recommendation will ensure they are installed and air sealed correctly.

The next time you are assessing your heating and cooling budget, think about how your windows may be affecting your bills. Taking the time to select and correctly install energy-efficient windows can save you money in the long-run.

If you are looking for a home to call yours, contact a member of the Housing Buzz team and we can get you in touch with a dedicated loan officer. Stay tuned for more ways you can #GoGreenWithUHM.