Energy-efficient windows are an essential part of making any home beautiful while keeping utility bills under control at the same time.
Unfortunately, not all replacement windows are designed to uphold the same standards of quality, appearance, functionality, and energy efficiency.
So how do you make the right choice in energy-efficient windows for your home?
In this article, we will go over a few simple factors to consider when shopping for energy-efficient windows.
Energy Efficient Factors to Consider
Energy-Efficient Glass Options
Dual-pane windows are built with two panes of glass encasing air or gas to create a sealed and insulated window unit.
Triple-pane insulating glass windows are built with three panes of double-strength glass, which create two separate air or gas spaces to increase temperature resistance.
- Impact-resistant Laminated
Impact-resistant laminated glass windows are built with a heavy-duty interior layer of glass for increased safety, sound control, UV protection, and energy efficiency.
- SCZ (Souther Climate Zone)
SCZ Glass outperforms 95% of the triple-pane windows that are sold in today’s market. These windows are designed to let in light without the heat. SCZ glass is the top-performing choice for all Texan homes.
Proper Energy Efficient Window Installation
Proper window installation is a crucial part of getting the most out of your home’s energy-efficient windows.
Professional window installation will ensure that your windows prevent air and water intrusion while also living up to their energy-efficient label.
The strategic placement of energy-efficient window panes around specific areas of your home may be necessary for optimal energy efficiency and temperature control.
The Climate You Live in
When shopping for energy-efficient windows, be sure to consider your home’s geographical location.
The climate you live in will impact your choice in replacement windows. Some energy-efficient window options may be better suited for your home’s environment than others.
Window Framing Material Vs. Energy-Efficiency
Not all window frames have the ability to control the escape or intrusion of energy in the same way. Be sure to do your research to decide what type of window framing is best for your home’s aesthetic and efficiency before you invest.
Understanding Your Replacement Window Labels
Well, your home windows have something very similar placed on them.
Provided from the NFRC, this sticker shows the Energy Efficiency numbers for a window.
If you are looking for energy-efficient windows, you should pay attention to this sticker.
U-Factor: The lower the U-Factor, the higher the insulating value of the window. The insulating value helps keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Visible Transmittance: How much natural light comes in? The higher the number, the better.
Air Leakage: How much air leaks from sash & frame.
Solar Heat Gain (SHGC): The lower a window’s SHGC is, the less solar heat is allowed to radiate into the home.
You want to find a good balance between the two SHCG and Visible Transmittance.
Energy Efficient Windows Made in Texas, For Texan Homes
At Superior Windows, we understand the need for maximum energy efficiency in the great state of Texas.
Texas experiences intense heat and everchanging weather conditions throughout the year; thus, we design all of our windows with the Texas climate in mind for optimal energy efficiency.To learn more about how our Texas designed energy-efficient windows can upgrade your home and save you money, give us a call today!