If you are like most homeowners, replacing your windows is a big home improvement project. You want to get the most energy-efficient windows your money can buy, while not breaking the bank.  Beyond that, there are many other aspects you should consider before you swipe your credit card to ensure your windows are efficient. Keep reading to learn the five most important factors you should be considering when it comes to replacing your windows.

#1. Energy Efficiency Matters

Wasting energy isn’t an option when it comes to your home. In most cases, you want the tightest home that your budget can buy, so it’s important to think about how energy efficient your replacement windows will be.

Start your journey for efficient windows by researching your replacement windows energy ratings. Energy ratings for windows are measured by their U-rating, and it ranges from .20 to 1.20. Windows with the highest energy efficiencies have lower numbers, so a window with a U-rating of .20 is the most efficient window on the market.

#2. Determine What Material You Want for Your Window

These days, windows are made from a wide variety of materials. Wood, aluminum, vinyl, fiberglass, and wood clad are some of your choices when it comes to materials. However, it’s important to note that all windows aren’t created equal. To get the most efficient window, you should pair your low U-rating with a frame that’s energy-efficient as well.

#3. Don’t Make Choosing Panes a Pain

Even after considering the U-rating and the material, you still have to consider your window panes. Double-paned windows are one of the most energy-efficient types of window panes. Window manufacturers are making them even more efficient by infusing the panes with gas to keep the cold winds out of your home.

#4. Examine the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient

The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) is the measure of how much heat gets through your window. It determines how efficient your windows are during the summer months. Like the U-rating, you want your SHGC to be a low number between 0 and 1. Typically, energy-efficient windows have SHGCs of less than .8.

#5. Save Your Energy Too

Choosing the perfect window for your home also requires you to consider how labor-intensive it is to maintain your windows of choice. You don’t want to waste a lot of your energy maintaining windows throughout the year. Look for windows that are low maintenance. Wood windows are typically hard to maintain compared to vinyl windows. Windows made from vinyl, fiberglass, and aluminum come pre-painted, and they don’t rot like windows made of wood.

Before you go out to purchase windows, it’s important to consider all the factors that make your windows energy-efficient. Additionally, consider windows that are low maintenance to reduce the number of home improvement projects on your to-do list in the future.

At Window World, we carry a variety of energy-efficient windows, including an assortment of windows designed to match your home. If you are in the market for new windows, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with one of our window specialists today.

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