If installing energy-efficient windows is on your list of home improvement projects for 2023, you are not alone. According to a recent study, a growing number of homeowners and builders are gravitating toward higher-quality windows to help reduce energy costs in the new year.
What are energy-efficient windows?
Modern energy-efficient windows combine several elements to ensure interior temperatures stay consistent throughout the year, regardless of the season or weather. This includes the use of low-emissivity (Low-E) glass, which provides a barrier against UV rays and infrared light but still allows plenty of natural light to enter the home.
Energy-efficient windows also have a low solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) and a low U-factor to resist heat flow and allow only a small amount of radiant heat to pass through the glass. Finally, double- or triple-paned glass with insulating gas (such as argon) between the panes is also used to help increase energy efficiency.
What are the benefits of energy-efficient windows?
The primary benefit of energy-efficient windows is lower energy bills. Replacing old drafty or leaky windows with a high-performance alternative can significantly lower your heating and air conditioning costs throughout the year.
Another big reason to make the switch to energy-efficient windows is comfort. Did you know Arizona is the sunniest state in the country, with Phoenix and Tucson topping the list of America’s sunniest cities? Because all that solar heat can turn your home into a sauna if you don’t have the right windows, smart homeowners will opt for energy-efficient windows to maximize solar heat resistance and stay comfortable year round.
Energy-efficient windows are also a great way to reduce condensation. While the occasional hint of condensation on the outside of your windows is normal, condensation on the inside of your windows is bad news. When moisture collects, it allows for the growth of mold and mildew, which can be detrimental to the health of your home and its inhabitants.
Lastly, energy-efficient windows are an excellent way to reduce noise pollution. If you live in a busy metropolitan or a neighborhood with a lot of new construction, higher-quality windows can help dampen outside noise for a quieter interior. With a record number of people now working remotely, noise reduction is an important factor when choosing the right windows.
We can help you find the right energy-efficient windows for your home or building project.
For more than a decade, XO Windows has been helping Arizona residents and builders select the perfect windows for every style, budget, and design preference. We offer a large selection of attractive, energy-efficient MI EnergyCore window options to fit any décor, and our team of installation experts is ready to answer all your replacement window questions and help you choose the best energy-efficient option.
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