These very cold days will remind you quickly if your windows are old and inefficient. Maybe it is time to explore replacement with new Energy Efficient Windows. New, energy-efficient windows eventually pay for themselves through saving on your energy bills.
Types of Energy Efficient Replacement Windows
Before you purchase new windows, first determine what types of windows will work best for your home and improve your home’s energy efficiency.
It’s a good idea to understand the energy performance ratings of windows so you’ll know what energy performance ratings you need for your windows based on your climate and the home’s design. This will be helpful when making your selection. Select windows with both low U-factors and low SHGCs to maximize energy savings in temperate climates with both cold and hot seasons such as in Atlanta. Look for whole-unit U-factors and SHGCs, rather than center-of-glass (COG) U-factors and SHGCs. Whole-unit numbers more accurately reflect the energy performance of the entire product.
A window’s energy efficiency depends on all its components. Window Frames conduct heat, contributing to a window’s overall energy efficiency, particularly its U-factor. Glass technology has become very sophisticated and many options are offered for different windows, based on climate, building design, etc.
There are several options to consider when selecting what type of windows, you should use in your home. Along with considering the energy efficiency of the frames, another important consideration is how the windows operate, because some operating types have lower air leakage rates than others, which will improve your home’s energy efficiency. You will also want to consider the appearance of your home to make sure the style you choose is complementary to your home.
Window Replacement Types Include:
- Awning are hinged at the top and open outward. As the sash closes by pressing against the frame, they will generally have lower air leakage rates than sliding windows. Hinged at the sides. Like awning windows, they generally have lower air leakage rates than sliding windows because the sash closes by pressing against the frame.
- Fixed panes that don’t open. When installed properly they’re airtight, but are not suitable in places where window ventilation is desired.
- Single- and double-hung. Both sashes slide vertically in a double-hung window. Only the bottom sash slides upward in a single-hung window. These sliding windows generally have higher air leakage rates than projecting or hinged windows.
- Single- and double-sliding. Both sashes slide horizontally in a double-sliding window. Only one sash slides in a single-sliding window. Like single- and double-hung windows, they generally have higher air leakage rates than projecting or hinged windows.
Cost of Replacement Windows
The cost varies for replacement windows based on the brand, material used for the frame, and the glass package.
- less than 5 windows averages $2,219 with a range of $1,244-$3,198
- between 5-10 windows averages $4,917 with a range of $3,367 – $6,491
- More than 10 windows averages $14,504 with a range of $8,532 – $20,605
Home Advisor Reported – This data was reported by HomeAdvisor members.
Start to save money today, by scheduling an in-home consultation to determine what product is best for your home. Replacing your windows with an energy efficient window will lower you heating and cooling bills, which over time you will recoup your investment of the new windows.