Energy Efficient Windows for Long Term Value
A high quality, energy-efficient window is not only good for the environment, but it’s also good for your wallet. The money you save on lower-end glass won’t go far if you have to pour it back into your heating bill due to poor insulation. Two values are important to consider in your window purchase: the U-value, and the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC). The U-value indicates the ability of the window to transfer non-solar heat – a low value means your windows will have better insulation, an essential quality for long winters. The SHGC, also called the g-factor, represents the ability of the window to transmit heat from the sun. Taking these values into account depending on the climate you live in can save you big money on heating and cooling costs.
You’re Getting More Than Glass
While you’re window shopping, consider that you’re not just searching for a pane of glass – you’re searching for expertise. The seemingly endless options for treatments, the best way to optimize energy efficiency for your home, even the frame materials that will give you the look and durability you want – all of these are details a knowledgeable contractor can help you select. Installation is another important thing to consider, and a quality job at this stage can make all the difference in the future. Improper installation can leave you having to cover the cost of repairing siding, leaky frames, or even damage to the house in a few years. When you’re comparing prices don’t underestimate the value of an experienced professional who can give you the assistance you need.
Windows Built To Last
Depending on the type of windows you have, you might go 15-30 years before needing to do repairs or replacements. It is not only time saving, but economical to get it right the first time to maximize that lifespan. Put simply: something that’s meant to last for 20 years or more needs to be made well. A cheap option might save you a few dollars at the outset, but you could find yourself doubling or even tripling your total costs by replacing inefficient or poorly installed windows much sooner than you expected. Going with a higher-end choice from the beginning will ensure you get as many years as possible out of the purchase.
When it comes to such a major component of your house’s structure, efficiency, and appearance, the old axiom holds true: you get what you pay for – and it’s worth investing in quality.