How Thermal Replacement Windows Can Save You Energy
With all of the ads and literature out there, buying new replacement windows can be a daunting task. No matter which company you choose, if you want to save energy, you need to make sure the windows that you purchase have the ENERGY STAR label.
The next thing to look for has to do with window panes and whether or not the windows are Thermal. This is extremely important. The easiest way to check is to see if there is more than one sheet of glass between you and the outdoors. Thermal windows are always double- or triple-paned. Traditional windows are single-paned. Thermal replacement windows allow far less heat to escape your home in the winter and less heat to get in during the summer, lowering your fuel bills considerably. Most thermal windows also eliminate the need for painting.
Windows and doors are typically responsible for about 40 percent of your home’s heating bill. Thermal windows are typically two to four times more efficient than older single pane windows. That means you can expect your winter heating bills to drop on average about 20 percent to 30 percent. The bigger your fuel bills and the draftier your old windows, the quicker your new windows will pay for themselves. Many homeowners say, buying new ENERGY STAR windows was the best home improvement they’ve ever made!