What Makes a Window Energy Efficient

Energy Efficient Windows

Energy efficiency is a buzzword that is here to stay. If you’re considering a home improvement project, think about your current window-scape. If you have an older home, chances are it may not have energy efficient windows that support indoor temperature regulation. The professionals at Top Quality Contractors know the best windows for anyone living in the Northeast. Call us today.


The Passive Performer

Windows are constantly working as part of the overall insulation system in your home. Older glass panes without the proper insulation are cold to the touch and allow for energy transfer between the internal and external environments. Energy-efficient windows provide insulation with double panes of coated glass for performance and feature gas filling as an insulating barrier. The frames also decrease the amount of airflow around the glass and into or out of the home.


Some window types are more energy efficient than others. Sliding windows and single and double-hung windows typically have a higher leakage rate because of the way they slide within the frame. Other opening windows press against an insulating surface, creating a strong seal each time they close. Any windows that have an Energy Star label have been tested by the most rigorous standards in the industry. They’re approved by the Environmental Protection Agency for energy efficiency and are also National Fenestration Rating Council (another widely used professional rating system) certified.


Window Orientation

The type and construction of a window isn’t the only energy-efficiency factor. Ask your contractor about window placement within a home. Consider installing windows that have more UV ray protection on sides of the home that get too much sun during the day, and consider adding a window film to areas that experience greater energy loss. The right orientation can also improve the overall look of your home and complement the interior design.


Upgrading Your Windows

Ask Top Quality Contractors Inc. about the best windows for your home. We can help you keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter just by upgrading your windows to energy-efficient models. Some utility companies also offer discounts or rebates for energy-efficient home improvements. Contact us now to learn more.

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