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What to Look for in Energy Efficient Windows

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Everyone loves a little sun … but not necessarily in the comfort of their home. Spring and summer temperatures rise and can seep through window panes, heating up the house and even damaging furniture.

Inefficient windows can be responsible for 20 percent of your home’s energy loss. Upgrading to energy efficient windows saves money and boosts home value. When window shopping, lend attention to the details and you’ll see major differences in your energy bill. We’ve put together a checklist to help make window updates a breeze.

  • The quick fix: if you’re looking to increase efficiency on a budget, weatherstrip or add storm windows to existing windows to cure air leaks.
  • Familiarize yourself with energy performance ratings suitable for your home’s design and the climate surrounding it.
  • Add sunglasses to your house. Look for windows with low emissivity glass, featuring thin, transparent metallic coatings that reflect the sun’s heat away from your home. It allows cool air to stay inside and prevents sun-damaged furniture.
  • Choose fiberglass or vinyl frames. Although, wood and aluminum can be efficient, fiberglass & vinyl take the cake. They’re designed to outfit the heaviest panes of glass and reduce noise.
  • Keep spacers in mind. A window’s spacer keeps the perfect amount of distance between window panes for the best airflow. It contributes to insulation and heat reduction.

May your home be cooler and your pockets fuller during spring and summer months. And, remember, your local Glass Doctor® is a phone call away.

http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/energy-efficient-windows

http://www.glassdoctor.com/Home-Glass-Products/Home.html

http://www.milgard.com/understanding-windows-and-doors/energy-efficient-windows/what-to-look-for/