If you’re in the market for replacement windows in Milwaukee, you’ve probably heard the term energy efficiency thrown around. You might even understand energy efficiency when it comes to other household elements, like light fixtures or washer and dryer units. But what exactly does energy efficiency mean when it comes to your windows? After all, seemingly windows don’t use your home’s energy. However, your home’s energy can be greatly affected by your windows.
Air Leakage and Heat Loss through the Windows play a big role in the insulation of your home, particularly in winter. Heat can escape through the glass of the window, as well as through operating panels surrounding the window, causing drafts in your home and higher HVAC bills, as your HVAC system works harder to heat your home. The more energy efficient a window is, the less heat loss your home will have, and therefore the less energy you will use. The air leakage is measured in cubic feet of air per minute (CFM). Most windows that are considered energy efficient have a CFM rating of .2 or lower. The lowest air loss you can possibly have is .01, because 0 CFM can’t be measured. Fortunately, the top lines of energy efficient windows sold at Homesealed Exteriors have a rating of .01.
This next part of energy efficient windows comes in handy during the summer, although it can be useful on sunny winter days. The better your windows light your home, the less you have to rely on electric lighting during the day. You can add more natural lighting to your home by installing replacement windows with solar glass, installing larger window styles like bay, bow, or casement, or in the way the windows are placed. For instance, awning windows placed high on the wall allow sunlight to flood down into the room, effectively “daylighting” a room. Much of this also depends on the position of the room and any obstructions in the view.
The Air Leakage CFM rating is one great way to judge the energy efficiency of a window. Another way to tell, is by looking at the NFRC label. The National Fenestration Rating Council tests based on four key factors:
You can find the NFRC label on the surface of the window before it’s purchased, or ask the contractor before purchasing the window.
Interested in an energy efficient replacement window for your home? Contact Homesealed Exteriors today for a free estimate.