What Style of Window Is Most Energy Efficient?
Generally speaking, hinged window styles have lower air leakage rates than sliding windows, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. This means windows that swing open and closed—such as casement, awning, and hopper windows—will be more energy efficient than single- or double-hung windows, which feature sashes that slide up and down, or sliding windows in which the sashes slide from side to side. Hinged windows are better at preventing air infiltration because they press tightly against the window frame when closed.
Of all window styles, a picture window is likely to be the most energy efficient because it’s not designed to open and therefore can be installed with an airtight seal. However, picture windows, or any other type of fixed window, will not be a good choice in areas where you need ventilation and a way to exit your home in case of fire.
Energy-Efficient Windows Are Not Determined by Style Alone
If you’re considering replacing the windows of your home in the Louisville, Kentucky, area, you’re being smart to think about energy efficiency. In this region, homeowners have to deal with bitterly cold winters and hot, muggy summers, which can drive up indoor heating and cooling costs. Choosing energy-efficient windows can help lower your monthly energy bills.
However, the best window style for your home is not solely determined by energy efficiency. You will undoubtedly want to choose replacement windows that complement the architectural style of your home and suit your personal taste. Fortunately, Infinity® from Marvin fiberglass windows are available in all the most popular styles, and they meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® standards for this region. As a bonus, they’re also remarkably durable and will flatter just about any home’s architectural style.
In the Cincinnati area, the company to turn to for these premium fiberglass windows is Holmes Custom Renovations. We’ve been installing residential replacement windows for many years, and we’ll be happy to help you choose the best energy-efficient windows to meet your needs. Then we’ll expertly install the custom windows you’ve selected and back our installation with a five-year workmanship warranty, in addition to the industry-leading manufacturer’s warranty.
If you’re ready to replace the windows of your Cincinnati-area home, contact Holmes Custom Renovations today to schedule a free in-home consultation at your convenience.