The idea of turning homes into green households has captivated many homeowners. The aim is simple and straightforward: reduce your carbon footprint and minimize the use of energy. While some invest in solar power and other related technologies, others tackle renovations that utilize eco-friendly building materials. Of all the known home improvements, there are only a few that can do more for homes from a green perspective. Installing new, energy-efficient windows is one of them.
Here’s how windows can boost your home’s energy efficiency and make your home green.
The Cost of Investing in Replacement Windows
It is natural for homeowners to know if going green through replacement windows will cost them more. After all, the main objective is to maintain a more sustainable lifestyle. Fortunately, installation costs will remain the same, regardless if you choose energy-efficient windows or not.
If you are looking for new windows, select the type that will help drive down your energy bills. They may cost you extra, but new, energy-efficient windows often require less maintenance. On top of that, they also make your home more comfortable to live inside.
Keep in mind that going green cannot be measured in dollars. But if numbers are to be discussed, tackling window replacement can immensely improve your home’s energy efficiency. Replacing old, inefficient windows with their new and improved replacement units can boost energy efficiency by 30%. Meanwhile, aging windows cause significant heat loss in winter. In the summer, they make the indoors as warm as the outdoors.
Features to Look for in Energy-Efficient Windows
When choosing the best possible replacement windows that can improve your home’s energy efficiency, be sure to check for the following features:
- Multiple glass panes – Windows with at least two panes of glass can help reduce heating costs.
- Glass technologies – Window glass in energy-efficient windows have low-emissivity (low-E) coatings to further reduce heat gain during the summer and prevent heat loss in winter.
- Gas fill – The argon or krypton gas in between panes of glass helps slow heat transfer, increasing the windows’ thermal performance.
- Window frames – Certain window frames like vinyl and wood can offer top-notch insulation, which contribute to better energy efficiency.
Energy-Efficient Windows From Renewal by Andersen®
When it comes to windows that will make your home go green, the products from Renewal by Andersen® are among the best on the planet. Each one is made in compliance with ENERGY STAR® requirements.
It features two important components. One is Fibrex®, the exclusive frame material that combines wood’s strength and stability of wood and vinyl’s low-maintenance qualities. The other is the High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass, which has special coatings to help curb heat gain and heat loss. With these two crucial components combined, you get replacement windows that allow you to enjoy energy savings.
Apart from getting the most out of your window replacement costs, another reason why Renewal by Andersen windows can help you achieve an eco-friendly home is that they are engineered to last. They are worthwhile investments since they have long product cycles, which means they can help slow down the rate in which local landfills are filled.
However, there’s nothing more eco-friendly than installing replacement windows made of recycled components. Renewal by Andersen windows contain the highest recycled content across all window replacement products. Fibrex frames and sashes, for instance, are created by bonding together pulped and dried wood fiber and thermoplastic polymer. Each window contains up to 40% wood fiber by weight, which is collected from trimmings from the Andersen® Corporation’s wood windows.
Renewal by Andersen of Nashville is the leading window contractor for your needs. Choose from our wide array of window styles, from casement windows to bay windows, that will complement your home’s architecture. Call us at (615) 238-9463 today to find out which solution is best for your home. You may also fill out our contact form for your virtual consultation. We serve residents of Murfreesboro, TN, and the surrounding communities.