There’s nothing better than getting real energy savings with new windows. But how do you ensure this will happen, especially considering how much you will be investing in replacement windows? How can you make sure that the benefits of replacing your windows will exceed your investment?
To make sure you get real savings with your windows, there are three factors you need to consider:
- The replacement window. You need to understand the ratings of replacement windows, such as the U values and the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient ratings; the frame material used; and how the windows are installed.
- Architectural and landscaping factors. The amount of energy savings you get from new windows also depends on the size and number of windows, specifically the amount of glass in your home; what direction your windows are facing; if there is shade around your home from trees or other buildings; and if your window or glass door is covered by a patio or over-hangs.
- Other factors at home. Of course, your energy consumption, even with new windows, will also depend on where you set your thermostat, the age of your air conditioning unit, as well as the amount and type of insulation you have in your home.
After all, it’s not only your new windows that matter. Although they can help a great deal in cutting your energy bills, there are other things you need to consider to make window replacement a worthwhile investment.