Anyone who has ever built or remodeled a home knows how challenging it can be; the decisions are endless, and while some are easy (extra outlets in the kitchen? Double ovens or single?) choosing windows can be more complicated, with most people making their selections based on appearance, rather than appreciating the significant impact a window can have on both the comfort and the heating and cooling costs of a house – and even on their carbon footprint.
We can differentiate between casement, awning, or double-hung, but how often do we ask whether the windows we’re choosing have a tighter seal than another option, or what their U-factor is? They’re questions we need to know the answer to, especially here in Western New York where the difference of a few degrees can make a big difference in both comfort and costs.
Conserve Energy, Conserve Dollars
Naturally costs is a major factor in the decision making process, but the upfront spend on windows can lead to major savings down the road. The cost of a window depends on both its long term durability and the energy dollars those windows can save – or cause you to spend – throughout its lifetime. There is no question that energy efficient windows can save you money each and every month on both heating and cooling costs. Did you know that they can even allow you to install a smaller and less expensive heating & cooling system? The right ones can.
All of these factors not only affect your comfort and budget; a more energy efficient home is good for the entire planet. What if you could see the energy-loss caused by your windows the same way you see color and shape? What if you could see an actual read out of the dollars spent as cold air poured in and the heating system kicked on? Energy performance would probably become of much more critical importance.
Windows are considered thermal holes, as much as 10 times less energy efficient than solid walls. An average house can lose as much as 25-30% of its heat energy through its windows thanks to U-factors, R-value, conduction, convection, radiation transfer and other factors – factors you don’t need to understand to know that energy loss is a bad thing, and that a warmer house and a lower heating bill are very good, indeed.
A Warmer Winter at Home
Renewal by Andersen® windows can be as much as 45% more energy efficient than the windows that are in your home right now. What other product can offer that kind of savings, and make that kind of impact in the warmth and comfort of your home this winter? If you’re asking yourself questions like, “Why are my windows so drafty? How can I lower my energy bill?” or “Where am I losing heat?” then it’s time to call Renewal by Andersen® .
Built from our exclusive Fibrex® material which insulates like wood but without the drawbacks the come with maintaining it, Renewal by Andersen® available with optional HeatLock® coating which helps reflect escaping heat back into the room, making them an excellent option for anyone looking to boost the energy efficiency of their home. If energy conservation is important to you, call us today at (716) 222-8657 or (585) 294-4640 or fill out our convenient online contact form to get started on the road to a more comfortable, conservation-friendly home today.