Windows affect your home more than you think. If your windows are over a decade old, you may want to have them checked and replaced. Even though it does not seem like it, windows are at the mercy of the elements, making them vulnerable to damage.
Drafts are a sign that you need to have your windows replaced. Older wooden windows warp and expand over time, and parts of the window will no longer fit perfectly. The small gaps in the window construction allow air to pass through it.
These cracks and gaps facilitate heat gain during summer. This puts additional load on the air conditioning, causing it to consume more energy. The best way to deal with this is to have your windows replaced with energy efficient materials.
Energy efficient windows don’t warp and expand as much as wood, so no gaps are formed, even over long periods of time. The glass used in energy efficient windows also prevents the transfer of radiant heat. Radiant heat is the movement of heat through space.
Regular glass allows radiant heat to pass through the windows. However, the glass found in energy efficient windows are designed to resist and reflect radiant heat, so your living space stays cool. Most of these windows also have a layer of gas in between each pane, effectively insulating your home.
Energy efficient windows also present plenty of advantages for homeowners:
- High market value – Not only can new windows help improve your home’s curb appeal, but its market value as well.
- Lower energy bills – Energy efficient windows can help you lower you cooling bills by up to 14%. An energy efficient installation will pay for itself in a matter of years in terms of energy savings.
- More comfort – You’ll stay comfortable cool during summer and warm in winter because heat gain/loss is no longer an issue.
Ask your roofer about Energy Star approved energy efficient windows. For quality replacement Houston windows installations, only choose All Tex Home Improvements Services.