Window replacement is one of the best remodeling projects any homeowner can invest in. If your home is older than 15 years, it’s probably a good time to check and make sure your windows are still operating correctly. For instance, do you have trouble opening or closing your windows? Do you consistently find moisture on your windows’ interior? Do you feel a draft when your windows are closed? That could be a sign that the seals are ready to give in. Much like your washing machine or refrigerator over time, your windows and doors also need to be replaced. Windows are also fragile openings in our homes and should be inspected for quality. We’ve identified some key benefits of the best insulated windows for your home—and why going with the most energy efficient sliding glass aluminum models is your best option.
Reduced Energy Costs
Energy efficiency is a crucial component of sustainable window and door design. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, inefficient windows, skylights, and doors account for up to 25% of the average household’s energy bills. Some sources estimate up to 40%. Upgrading to high performance windows reduces your heating and cooling costs, saving you money on your electric bills in the long run. Additionally, there is less stress on your mechanical equipment to heat or cool your living spaces, saving you even more money on repairs and maintenance.
High performance windows, sliding glass doors, and environmentally friendly windows are all designed to keep homes warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. This advanced technology blocks up to 70% or more of the solar heat gain in the summer and reflects radiant heat indoors during the winter. The high performance glazing techniques that are used on these windows are designed to do all of that without compromising your view or natural light. Conventional windows allow higher noise transmission. With high-performance windows, you can enjoy more peace and quiet in your home without the interruption of bothersome street noise.
Lastly, protect your furniture, flooring, and window treatments from sun damage. Clear, single-pane glass reflects about 25% of the sun’s UV radiation, while insulating glass reflects up to 40%. Low-E coatings provide additional protection, reducing fading of your indoor furnishings up to 75%.
Better Air Quality Inside the Home
The number one way to control air quality inside the home is to manage the air source. Openings or windows in the home that aren’t properly sealed can cause unwanted outdoor air to seep through, causing pollutants and other debris to circulate. Installing high performance windows and doors in the home can ensure that good air quality is sustained on a consistent basis throughout the home.
Material Protection from Ultraviolet Rays
Lastly, most forms of high performance windows will protect your furniture, flooring, and window treatments from sun damage. Radiating heat from ultraviolet light is what causes interior materials like fabrics and wallcoverings to fade over time. Clear, single-pane glass reflects about 25% of the sun’s UV radiation, while insulating glass reflects up to 40%. Low emissivity or “Low-E” coatings were developed to minimize the amount of ultraviolet light that passes through glass without compromising some of the visible light available. Low-E coatings provide additional protection, reducing fading of your indoor furnishings by up to 75%.
In short, here are some features to look for in high performance fenestration:
- spectrally-selective Low-E glass
- thermally broken framing
- precision hardware
- superior finishing
- resilient weatherstripping
Looking for high performance window replacements that are stylish and energy efficient? Contact us to find out more about your options for the most high-performing replacement windows in the Palm Springs area.