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Upgrading and/or replacing the windows in your home is a fantastic idea for several reasons. Consider:

  1. Your home will be warmer and more comfortable in the winter and more pleasantly cool in the summer.
  2. You can immediately start saving significant money on utility bills.
  3. Your home will look neater and more attractive.
  4. You will be doing your part for the environment because energy-efficient replacement windows give your house a lower carbon footprint by conserving energy.

New windows should be among the No. 1 upgrades to consider when remodeling a home.

Some factors to keep in mind when shopping for new windows:

  1. Energy-Efficient Glass Panes

Windows fitted with double-pane glass (rather than single-pane) will reduce energy usage by up to 24% in cold climate regions during winter months. They will cut air conditioning energy costs by 18% in the summer.

Triple-pane glass is even better. They can perform up to 20% better than double-pane and 50% more efficient than single-pane.

Some top-of-the-line windows employ argon gas inserted between panes to improve insulation even more because it helps reduce thermal transfer.

  1. Professional Installation is Key

A superior window product is only as good as its installation. The level, plumb, square and bowing must be spot-on for peak performance. Getting it right usually means having an experienced pro do the work.

  1. Go Low-E

The energy efficiency of a home can be enhanced considerably by selecting low-emissivity (Low-E) glass coatings in strategic locations on your home. These coatings are inside the glass, and they reflect summer heat better than uncoated glass. They also block out UV rays and protect your interior items from fading in the sun.

  1. Framing

While the type of pane you choose is hugely important, the framing they are situated within plays a major role in energy efficiency. The basic options for frame material are wood, fiberglass, aluminum, other metals or multichambered vinyl frames. Which is best for your home depends on a variety of factors, from your budget to your climate region.

Wood is excellent for frames because it not only looks beautiful and traditional, but wood is also a substance of natural low conductivity. That means it will transfer less heat out of your home and keep cool air in when you want to.

Consult with a professional to determine the best frame material for your home and region.