If your windows are older than 15 years (the average lifespan of standard windows is 15 to 20 years), you might want to consider upgrading to energy-efficient windows. In the long run, an energy-efficient window can save you money.
How Energy-Efficient Windows Can Help You Save Money
Scratching your head over a higher-than-expected electricity bill? Drafty windows may be partly to blame. Heat gain from inefficient windows could be forcing your HVAC system to consume more electricity, increasing your cooling costs. By minimizing heat gain and air leakage, energy-efficient windows can reduce your energy bill.
The Problem With Condensation
Aside from lower cooling costs, what are the other ways energy-efficient windows can save you money? Since the interior glass of energy-efficient windows stays warmer than conventional windows, condensation won’t form on your windows even in relatively humid conditions. (Condensation forms on window glass panes when warm air makes contact with cool surfaces.) While seemingly harmless, excessive condensation is a problem because it can cause your windows and walls to deteriorate.
Important note: energy-efficient windows alone can’t prevent condensation if indoor humidity levels are excessively high. If condensation keeps forming on windows, you should have a contractor inspect your home’s ventilation system.
Choosing an Energy-Efficient Replacement Windows
Keep in mind that not all windows have the same level of energy efficiency. To narrow down your options, look for windows with the ENERGY STAR® label. Only the best energy performers in Canada have this label. Having trouble choosing new windows for your home? Consult one of your local exterior home contractors. Since they’re familiar with the local climate and building codes, they can make better recommendations.
Looking for experienced window contractors near you?
Lincoln Exterior Renovations, a family-owned business with more than 40 years of experience, offers a wide range of professional exterior services, including window and siding installation services. To request a quote, call us at (403) 275-4871, or fill out this form.