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Did you know that not all energy efficient windows are created equally? When you decide to install energy efficient windows in your home you probably just assume that you’re getting something standard or something that does what you intend. But the truth is there are different levels of these types of windows and it’s up to you to make sure that you’re getting the right ones (and the company you choose to install them). Your Flower Mound, TX home is depending on you, after all.
First, you want to make sure that you’re getting energy efficient windows that are Energy Star certified. If they are, you’re going to see a little label in the window when you buy them. Buying from a company that’s going to install the windows for you doesn’t mean that this is going to be different. You should still see that same sticker in each of the windows. This means that they’ve been rated by the National Fenestration Rating Council, but it’s not the only thing that you want to pay attention to.
You want to look at the individual rating of the energy efficient windows that you’re looking at. Just because they’re Energy Star certified by the NFRC doesn’t mean that they’re going to be the best option. You want to be sure that you’re getting something that is rated highly, after all. This type of rating is going to let you know just how good they are at energy efficiency and it’s going to help you compare different types of windows as well. You can see how well (or not) each window actually does when compared to others. And that’s going to help you make an informed decision.
These stickers or the information that you find through the NFRC are going to give you a lot of different information that you’ll need to know how to read and understand. You’ll need to be able to look at all of the information to make sure that you’re getting windows that are designed to do what you need them to. This will show you the solar heat gain coefficient, the air leakage, visible transmittance and U-factor. You want all of these numbers to be low because that means you’re getting the most energy efficient windows you can.
It’s important to look at any codes or rules that your area might have in regard to energy efficiency. Whoever you hire to take care of the process should know what is required in your area so you shouldn’t need to worry about meeting the absolute minimum. In general, they shouldn’t show you any energy efficient windows that don’t meet or exceed the minimum requirements that your area says you need to have because those are windows that you wouldn’t be able to buy or install. If you did you could actually get into trouble with your local law enforcement and that’s something you don’t want to deal with.
You’ll want to compare the annual energy costs that are associated with your windows as well. These costs are going to let you know how different types of windows tend to perform and what they are going to cost you overall. You’re going to want to look at what the general levels are and then make sure that your windows are falling at least within that range. You don’t want to choose anything that’s too low when it comes to the averages because you’ll end up spending even more on those windows in the long run and they won’t be very good energy efficient windows.
You can also use one of several different computer programs that will help you to simulate the utility rates of your home based on different types of windows that you could install. This is going to give you an even more in-depth review of what you’re getting and just how it’s going to impact you. You’ll be able to compare different windows based on costs that are going to happen after you’ve installed them, which can also help you decide how you’re going to save money.
Once you’ve chosen the windows that you want it’s important that they’re installed correctly as well. If you don’t get your windows installed properly it means that there’s the possibility of leaks happening around the outside of the window. That means, no matter how energy efficient, durable and whatever else your window is, you’re going to lose out in the long run because everything is still able to get in from the sides or around the window. You’re going to be paying more for energy efficient windows that can’t do anything to help you.
The best way to make sure that you have your windows installed properly is to find a reputable company that will take care of things for you. You want someone who is going to make sure your windows are the best possible option for you as far as energy efficiency. You also want to make sure that they are put in the way you would expect. There’s no reason that you need to deal with sub-par windows or sub-par installation and you should definitely never have to deal with a sub-par service. That’s why you just need to know who to call.
Call Energy Window Solutions to schedule an appointment to take a look at your windows. We can let you know how your windows could be helping or hurting your energy efficiency and then we can help you figure out the best energy efficient windows that you should install. That way, you can reduce your energy bills, improve the comfort you have in your own home and a whole lot more. All you need to do is give us a call and we’ll take care of the rest. We know you want to be able to enjoy your Flower Mound, TX home with your family and that’s exactly what we’re going to help you to do.