Energy-efficient windows can save you hundreds of dollars a year, and add thousands of dollars to the value of your home. But there’s a lot more to windows than appearance and ENERGY STAR certification. To ensure you find the right energy-efficient windows for your home, read on to learn about different window materials, glazing options, and ratings available to you.
Return on Investment
Window replacement is actually one of the best home remodeling projects for investment return. According to Remodeling Magazine , you can expect to add thousands of dollars to the value of your home by installing high-quality vinyl windows.
If you purchase windows with a U-factor and solar heat gain coefficient rated at 0.3 or less, you may be able to qualify for a federal tax credit. Check with your window installer to see if the state of Florida is also offering tax incentives for the purchase of energy-efficient windows.
Energy Efficiency Ratings
According to the Efficient Windows Collaborative, you can save roughly $126 to $465 a year by replacing single-pane windows in a 2,000-square-foot house with windows that are eligible for a federal tax credit. Ask your window company to give you an overview of the measures by which windows are evaluated for energy efficiency.
Vinyl windows are low-maintenance and offer excellent insulation. Wood looks wonderful, but it needs regular maintenance and is sensitive to changes in moisture and temperature. Aluminum is lightweight and durable, but conducts heat very rapidly, so it isn’t very energy efficient.
This is the type of glass in the window. The number of glazing layers does not necessarily mean a window is energy efficient. To be energy efficient, a window must also come with various glazing coatings, which affect insulation and heat transfer.
Serving all of central Florida, Window World of Orlando offers a great selection of replacement windows that will save you money and keep your home comfortable. Visit our website to learn about our energy-efficient windows and our window installation services. If you have any questions, call us at (321) 282-6200 for more information.