If you’ve decided to replace the windows in your home here in the Minneapolis area, it just makes sense that your first decision would be to select the most energy-efficient ones. Energy efficiency is a must for so many Twin Cities homeowners, because they want to make sure that they have a way to save cash on utilities. But those windows need to create brilliance and comfort throughout the home. When you choose the right windows for this, with the right energy efficiency, you can have the best looking, functioning, and feeling home overall.
Improve Energy Efficiency of Windows with Storm Windows and Other Methods
One of the most energy-efficient windows out there are storm windows. These can obviously keep the nasty weather outside, but they also provide additional insulation to give your home the comfort that is needed. No more drafty rooms, no more heat or cooling loss. Weatherstripping and caulk can be used to seal up any air or moisture leaks in older windows. Insulated curtains can also used to keep the indoor comfort level up.
Specialized Glass Options
There are a lot of different types of glass that you can choose for your windows, as well as options such as gas filling between the panes. And if you’ve got a northern exposure area that gets strong winter winds, you may even want to consider choosing windows with triple panes for that area.
And then there are coatings you can select. Low-e coatings are the most common energy-efficient treatment that homeowners can choose for replacement windows. This blocks out the transfer of the cold air inside and keeps the comfort inside. And if your windows are on a side of the house that gets a lot of sunshine (which can warm up a room), you can choose coatings that reduce the amount of light that comes through.
Be sure as you’re window shopping (pun intended) that you pay close attention to the energy-efficiency rating stickers on the windows you’re considering. Comparing numbers is one of the simplest ways to evaluate windows and chose the most energy-efficient ones for your specific application. And the EnergyStar marking is a definite indication that particular window is energy-efficient.
There are many elements that go into making a window energy-efficient, including the frame material. But the information set forth above is a good place to start on your hunt for new windows for your home. We’d like to help you get the most out of the replacement windows you have installed in your home. Ask us how to choose the best and most efficient windows you should add to your home!
Window Outfitters, Inc. is a licensed Minnesota home remodeling contractor specializing in installation of energy-efficient windows.