Here in the Arizona desert the weather is pretty extreme. We have record highs that sit over 120 degrees during the summer. As a result of this extreme, the AC bill in most homes also receives record highs. Fix My House is here to show you the benefits of remodeling your windows and how it affects the energy efficiency of your home.
Without windows, our homes would lack, warmth, ventilation, and light; but it’s also important to keep in mind the impact they have on energy efficiency. If you want to reduce energy cost, installing energy efficient windows is the way to go. You might also be able to do some improvements on existing windows that will help.
Improving the Energy Efficiency of Existing Windows
Some ways to better your current windows would be to add storm windows, weatherstripping, caulking, and using window coverings or treatments. Each of these improvements increase efficiency in a different way. For example, storm windows reduce air leakage while window coverings or treatments reduce heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. If you want to reduce air and prevent heat loss and heat gain, you’ll need to get both of these things done.
Selecting New Energy Efficient Windows
Let’s say, because your home is old, your windows are also old and/or inefficient. In that case it might be frugal to replace them than try to improve them with treatments that might not work. Over time, the more energy-efficient windows pay for themselves because of the lower heating and cooling costs that come with old ones. Sometimes even the lighting costs add into this factor, especially when they are properly selected and installed. The three areas to consider when selecting new windows are design, selection, and installation.
When selecting a design, consider what types of windows will work best and where to improve your home’s energy efficiency. You may also want to understand a windows performance rating before deciding on one.
There are several options out there when selecting the type of window you should use. To help narrow your selection, like we mentioned with the design, look at the energy performance ratings in relation to your home’s climate and design.
This portion may be the most important part of the process. If installed incorrectly, this was all a waste of time, money, and effort. Because of that, it is best to have a professional (like Fix My House) install your windows. Installation will vary depending on the type of window, the exterior cladding, such as brick, wood siding, etc., the construction of the house, and the type of weather-restrictive barrier.
Trust Fix My House
Fix My House’s team of designers, contractors, and builders unite to create environmentally friendly windows. Forget about peeling frames and energy wasters! Our trained team provides an accurate cost quote and timeline before we begin working. We can install or create any size and shape to fit your style from double hung picture windows to rounded awning windows. Let the sunshine it, but keep the heat out with Fix My House. To get a FREE windows work estimate click here!