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High-Performance, Energy Efficient Windows in Chicago
Gone are the days when homeowners used to choose windows based on their design and style. Today, more and more homeowners are becoming energy-conscious and want to reduce the costs of heating and cooling their homes. Therefore, selecting energy efficient windows is a critical step for them.
Replacing your old windows could result in significant energy savings of more than 25%. Your choice for replacement windows will likely be based on the cost, style and the efficiency of the window. Now, double and triple pane windows are available on the market. So whether you are living in an old home that needs a window upgrade or building a new home, choosing energy efficient replacement windows is of paramount importance.
Window energy efficiency is usually measured by what is known as the U-Factor. Basically, a U-factor is the opposite of R-Value. For instance, an R-Value of 4 equals a U-factor of 0.25. The lower the U-factor, the more efficient a window is.
Some window materials are good conductors of heat and cold. This results in a lot of energy getting lost through the window. Aluminum is one of these materials that lose the most conditioned air. And steel conducts about 30% of heat or cold. This means that the most efficient window material is wood and vinyl. In fact, vinyl is nearly maintenance-free.
The next factor that is vitally important is the glass panes in the windows. Heat transfer can be significantly reduced by choosing double or triple pane styles. Some of these double-paned and tripled-paned windows have an area filled with inert gas (krypton or argon) that helps to further minimize heat loss. Argon-filled replacement windows are twice as efficient, saving you a lot of money on heating and cooling bills.
Most modern windows are also coated with special materials to protect against ultraviolet rays (UV-Rays) and infrared rays (IR). With this, window treatments, carpeting, and furniture are protected from early fading.
If your heating and cooling costs are increasing day by day, it’s likely that your home has inefficient old windows. So, it is a good time to consider having them replaced. This will not only save you money down the road, but will also increase the value of your home.