September 4, 2019
Living in the Mid-South means very hot summers and very cold winters. One way to fight high energy bills during these seasons is to double-check that your home is properly insulated.
One way that heat escapes and enters your home is through your windows (even when they are closed). Heat enters a home through sun rays piercing through your windowpane, while heat exits the home by slipping through the tiny gaps of a window’s construction. This entering and exiting of heat takes a toll on your energy bill. For example, on a 100-degree day, your AC is working its hardest. Although, it is working harder than it needs to since the cold air that its pumping is being lost through gaps in the window’s construction. This is the same in the winter when you are trying to keep your home warm. According to The Green Age, about 35% of heat will escape through the walls, windows, and doors.
How do Energy Efficient Windows Work?
To prevent energy loss, switch your windows to energy-efficient windows. These windows allow for better insulation, and here is how:
1. Multiple Panes: strong Energy efficient windows, at the minimum, are double-paned. This allows for better insulation because it is harder for energy to enter or exit in comparison to single-paned windows.
2. Low-E Glass: Energy Star approved windows have a special coating that reflects infrared light which keeps heat inside during the winter and outside during the summer.
3. Frame Materials: Materials such as fiberglass, vinyl, and aluminum reduce heat transfer.
4. Warm Edge Spacers: The spacer keeps the windowpanes at the appropriate distance. Spacers also insulate the edges, reducing heat transfer through the window.
How much can Energy Efficient Windows save you?
The U.S. Department of Energy approximates that homeowners can save between $126 to $465 a year by switching to energy-efficient windows. This CNBC article states that a switch to energy-efficient windows can raise your homes resale price by about $8,500.
Are you ready to start saving on your energy bill?