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Choosing New Energy Efficient Windows

Choosing New Energy Efficient Windows By AJ Fanter
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

Installing new windows won't just improve your "outlook" or the exterior appearance of your home. Putting in replacement windows can save you money on your heating and cooling bills as well as the time and cost of maintenance.

Here are some tips from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on how to choose the most energy efficient new windows for your home.

Choosing New Windows: What to Consider

According to the DOE, when properly installed, new windows can help minimize your heating and cooling costs. To realize the maximum savings when it comes to choosing your new windows, you'll need to focus on three things: design, selection, and installation.

New Window Design

Prior to selecting new windows for your home, you'll first want to determine what kind of replacement windows will work best, based on your climate and home's design. A great place to start is by familiarizing yourself with energy performance ratings. Consider the following energy ratings for windows:
  • U-factor - rate at which non-solar heat is conducted through the windows
  • Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) - solar radiation that gets released into your home
  • Visible transmittance (VT) - the amount of visible light that is transmitted through the window into your home

Replacement Window Selection

According to the DOE, a replacement window's energy-efficiency is a result of all its components including the frame, the operation, and the glazing or glass. You'll also want to consider where in your home the new windows will be installed to ensure optimum performance.

New Replacement Windows Installation

While design and selection are important, to ensure maximum energy efficiency, your replacement windows must also be properly installed. This is why the DOE recommends having a professional install your new windows rather than installing them yourself.

By choosing the right kind of windows for your home's location and design, and hiring a professional to install them, you'll be on your way to increasing your home's energy efficiency.


About the Author
AJ Fanter is a freelance writer based in Reno, NV.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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