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Understanding Energy Efficiency of House Windows

July 30, 2015 by  
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Having energy efficient house windows installed is important, as studies show that traditional windows accounted for as much as 25 to 30 percent of the total heat loss in most homes. Because replacing your traditional windows with energy efficient ones can be a bit expensive, it would be best if you first understand what energy efficient windows are and how they can benefit you as homeowner.

Windows and doors, like other building materials, are usually assigned with an R-value. The R-value measures how resistant to heat the material is. This means that the higher the R-value a material has, the better it is in keeping heat inside or outside your home. Most single pane house windows have R-values of one while most energy efficient house windows have R-values of as much as three. By choosing to get energy efficient windows, you would have better insulated windows that would not just significantly lower your heating and cooling costs but also make your home a lot more comfortable both in the summer and the winter.

You can also choose to get energy efficient windows which have reflective coatings that can help in blocking too much sunlight from entering your home. This can, in turn, provide better living conditions during the day and prevent excess sunlight and harmful UV rays from damaging photographs and furniture inside your home. During the summer, the need for air conditioning is also lessened, as less light and heat from the sun is coming in.

If you are looking for a way to soundproof your home and block noise from the outside, getting multi-paned energy efficient windows would be one of your best options. This type of windows is able to offer increased noise reduction. Multi-paned windows often have two or three panes of glass which provide a higher R-value, meaning they do not just provide prevent the entry or escape of air but sound as well.

By installing energy efficient house windows, you would not only be making your home a better place to live in by being more comfortable during whatever weather or climate you are experiencing, but also increase its overall value in the event that you decide to sell in the future. Because of high energy costs, most individuals who are looking to purchase a home prefer getting a house that already has energy efficient windows installed in them.

Additionally, you can also get a tax credit of as much as 30 percent of the total cost of the windows if you purchased and installed them in your home before 2010 was over.

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