What Makes a Window Energy Efficient?
Efforts to create windows that would help homeowners cut their energy consumption began in earnest in the 1970s, when the federal government got behind the movement with research and investments. That research revealed that heat gain and loss through windows accounts for 25% to 30% of residential energy use. Since then, efforts to engineer windows that would better insulate homes have continued to evolve, but experts from the government-supported ENERGY STAR® program say these basic features make a window energy efficient:
- Sturdy, high-quality frame materials
- Double- or triple-paned glass with gas fills
- Warm-edge spacers that keep the glass panes the correct distance apart
- Glass with low-emissivity (Low-E) coatings that reflect infrared light
Where You Live Makes a Difference, Too
If you’re in the market for energy-efficient windows that will help you potentially lower your heating and cooling costs, evaluating replacement windows according to the list above will help you in your search. However, it’s important to remember that the best energy-efficient windows for someone living here in the Cincinnati area will be different from the windows that are ideally suited to a region where temperatures are warm most of the year. Ohio Valley residents typically experience bitterly cold winters and broiling hot summers, which means their windows need to have features that will protect their homes against extreme seasonal temperatures. It’s a good idea to shop for windows that are ENERGY STAR-certified for homes in your region.
Holmes Custom Renovations is an award-winning exterior home remodeling company that takes pride in helping homeowners in the Cincinnati area upgrade their homes with high-quality products that improve energy efficiency as well as add curb appeal. We offer and expertly install beautiful Infinity® from Marvin fiberglass windows, and we’ll be delighted to tell you more about the features that make these windows the ideal choice for our customers who want to reduce their heating and cooling costs.
If you’re ready to learn more about how our energy-efficient windows can benefit your home in the Cincinnati area, contact Holmes Custom Renovations today to schedule a free in-home consultation.