If you need to install new windows in your home, make sure that you install windows that are energy efficient. Energy efficient windows will help you lower your overall heating and cooling costs for your home while making a necessary upgrade at the same time.
#1 Double Or Triple Paned
The first feature you want to look for is how many panes the window has. Most really old homes have single paned glass windows installed. Most modern homes have double paned windows installed. Double pane windows provide a higher degree of protection. They do not transmit or allow as much heat or cold air to pass through them. They get less condensation on them and they help seal your home up better.
Newer to the market are triple pane windows, which are basically supposed to enhance the benefits that come with double pane windows. They provide even more insulation from your home and an even lower percentage of heat transfer through your windows.
#2 Window Tint
If you want to cut down on the amount of sunlight that makes its way through your windows and heats up your home, you are going to want to install a window that has a built-in tint or film that refracts the sun's rays away from your home. This is an especially useful feature if you live somewhere that gets a lot of sun throughout the year and your rely on your AC a lot. A window that is designed to refract heat away from it will reduce the heat transfer through your windows that contribute to your home heating up and getting so hot.
#3 Vinyl Or Fiberglass Window Frame
It is not just about the glass when you get a new window installed. It is also about the window frame that you put around the glass. Certain window frames materials allow for the conduction of heat through them and do not provide a high level of insulation. Aluminum and metal frames allow heat to conduct through them and are not the best frame choices if you are looking for something that is energy efficient.
The most energy efficient frames you can have installed around your windows are vinyl or fiberglass window frames. Both of these types of frames do not allow for the transfer of heat and provide higher degrees of insulation around your window.
Finally, look for windows that have the Energy-Star sticker on them. Windows that are Energy-Star certified meet national standards for energy efficiency and are always a good place to start you search for more energy efficient windows. Contact a window company, like Windows Plus, for more help.