It’s winter, which means that you are likely spending more time inside trying to keep warm as the temperatures dip outside. If your home has older windows, though, you might find that being inside isn’t helping you to stay as warm as you would like, or that you are spending more money to keep the temperature inside your home at a comfortable level as air leaks outside. If this sounds like your home, now is the time to get replacement windows in Fort Worth and save on energy this winter.
Since windows can account for about 10 to 25 percent of a home heating bill (when they let warm air slip out or cold air sneak in), having the right energy efficient windows will help you save money along with your energy savings.
Get Double Panes
Most replacement windows today come with two panes, a design feature that helps reduce heat transfer (or loss) through the windows. Double panes also allows you to get things like gas filling in between—since argon gas (the most commonly used) has 34 percent lower thermal conductivity when compared with air, it prevents cold air from outside getting in, and warm air from getting out.
Cover With Low-E Coating
Low-e coating—short for low-emissivity—is a thin coating that reflects solar energy so your home doesn’t lose as much heat throughout the day. In addition it can protect your furniture and carpet from some of the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays so they won’t fade over time, and keep the temperature of your home cooler during hot summer months.
Check the Energy Ratings First
Before getting any replacement windows in Fort Worth, be sure to check their energy efficiency ratings. You can compare things like the U-factor and the solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) to identify the most energy efficient windows, and the ones best suited to your climate.
Today’s windows are designed for maximum efficiency as a way to help you save money, so if you are still dealing with older windows that don’t offer these benefits, talk to a replacement window contractor in Fort Worth today to learn about your options.