Save Energy Using These Windows

Save Energy Using These Windows | C.R. WolfeWith a little looking, you can find beautiful windows that protect you from the chill of Middletown’s winters as well as keep out the summer heat.

Features that Help You Save

When energy efficiency is a priority, the glass is the first thing to consider. Today, double-paned windows are generally recommended over single-paned designs for their greater insulating capability and durability. While triple-paned windows are increasingly common, our winters aren’t quite cold enough to make the extra cost worth it. For additional insulation, choose argon-filled windows.

Low-emissivity (low-e) glass is another feature to look for. This glass is coated with a film that reduces the transfer of heat, but still lets light through and doesn’t mar your view.

Wood frames are a good choice both for aesthetics and insulation. On the down side, they’re the most expensive and tend to leak air. To enjoy high energy efficiency at a lower cost, consider vinyl or wood-clad vinyl frames.

Efficiency Ratings to Look For

Efficiency ratings make it easy to see how the combination of the design, glass, frame, and other features affect window performance. There are two ratings to pay attention to:

  • U-factor — This rating tells you how effectively the window insulates to keep your heat indoors during the winter. A lower number means more effective insulation. In our climate, a U-factor of 0.35 or less is ideal.
  • Solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) — This rating indicates how much heat a window lets in, so it’s important if you’re looking to stay cooler in summer. The lower the rating, the less heat passes through the window. If you often need cooling, look for a U-factor of up to 0.55. Otherwise, in our cool climate, the highest U-factor you can find is usually your best option.

The Energy Star label can also help you find efficient window models. To achieve this standing in our climate, a window needs a U-factor of 0.27 or less, while any SHGC is sufficient.

To get more professional guidance on optimizing your home’s energy efficiency, contact
C.R. Wolfe Heating & Air Conditioning in the Middletown area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Middletown, New York about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy-efficient windows and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 845-367-4482.

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