The right energy efficient window for your home can not only reduce your heating and cooling bills, it can provide added value to your home over time. In a competitive housing market, consumers find it easy to choose homes with efficient or green HVAC systems and appliances over homes that continue to gulp down energy.
The U-factor that measures insulation qualities of your window improves by choosing a vinyl frame over a standard wood-frame alternative, according to energy experts. If your vinyl window installation complies with the manufacturer’s warranty, you can expect immediate gains in energy efficiency. Energy Star reports that you should shop for windows with a U-factor of .30 or lower in cold northern climates, and lower than .60 in the southern part of the country. The average home may lose up to 30 percent of its energy through windows. By choosing new, energy efficient windows with (gas-fills, low-e coatings and dual- or triple-glazing), you could save around $150 in energy bills.
Now, before you decide to do it yourself, listen up. You may know how to wield a caulking gun, tacker-stapler or nail gun, but can you install a new window while ensuring a professional seal according to manufacturer’s instructions/warranty requirements? If you’re not trained in this area, you may end up with energy efficient windows that are not installed properly. This means, you will have leaks and therefore will definitely not be saving energy!