What to Look for When Choosing Doors and Windows that will Reduce your Home Energy Costs
If you’re planning to upgrade your doors and windows, look for quality products that will end up saving you money and boosting your home value. Energy-efficient doors and windows will reduce your home energy costs, both for heating and cooling, and are made to last, so you won’t have to worry about replacing your windows and doors for a very long time.
If you plan to sell your home, quality doors and windows will boost your home value as prospective buyers will be willing to pay more for an energy-efficient home. When choosing your new doors and windows, consider these tips to get the best energy-saving products for your home.
Doors with insulated cores and quality seals have better thermal performance. Storm doors also provide additional protection from cold air and the elements.
Operational windows that provide efficient air ventilation in the warmer months can reduce your home cooling costs by eliminating or reducing the need to use an air conditioner. Double-hung windows can be opened at both the top and bottom, which can create an air convection and increase ventilation.
Casement and awning windows can also provide excellent ventilation when they are cranked open to various angles that will direct fresh air into the home. These windows also have a tighter seal when locked so they will reduce the amount of heat lost when the temperature drops.
Quality windows are manufactured with durable frames that will withstand the elements and prevent pressure and warping from the changes in temperature. Most window frames today provide efficient insulation in homes so the choice will be based more on cost, appearance, and maintenance.
Wood frames are relatively well-insulated, however, they are prone to damage from moisture and warping.
Aluminum frames are durable, easy to use and maintain, and have a foam thermal barrier to increase their insulation and thermal performance.
PVC/vinyl frames are also low maintenance and have good insulation, whereas new PVC/aluminum hybrid frames combine the best of both worlds and are customizable to match your home’s décor.
Fibreglass frames are lightweight, durable, well-insulated, and customizable to suit various home décors.
Double- and triple-glazed windows are among the most energy-efficient windows on the market. Both options contain gas between the panes for added insulation. Triple-glazed windows have a third pane in the window for even better insulation while reducing condensation buildup and potential risks for moisture damage on the frames. Quality windows also have exceptional seals for additional insulation and to prevent moisture from getting in.
When shopping for energy-efficient doors and windows, look for Energy Star ratings on the labels that will include:
Low-E—a coating that will improve the thermal performance of the window glass;
U-Value—refers to heat transfer—the lower the U-value, the more energy-efficient;
R-Value—refers to insulation—the higher the R-value, the better the insulation.
Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)—the amount of solar heat that enters through a window—the lower the value, the less heat that can enter from the sun.
Energy Rating (ER)—the overall energy performance rating from 0 to 50, with the higher ratings being more energy efficient.
Quality doors and windows are worth the upgrade because your home will be more comfortable year-round, you will save money on energy costs, and you can increase your home’s value.