Energy Efficient Windows
Although there are many reasons to replace windows in your home, by far the most common reason people choose replacement windows is to improve energy efficiency in their homes. At the Colorado Window Company, we are committed to providing window options that are not only pleasing to the eye, but will save you money on your energy costs in the long term.
What Makes a Window Energy Efficient?
There are four major factors that affect the energy efficiency of a window – the material the frame is made of, the glass in the window itself, the style of window, and the installation.
- Different materials conduct heat and cold at different rates, which is why the material that your window frame is made of is important. Many old window frames are made of aluminum, for example. While durable and somewhat easy to care for, they are prone to heat and cold transfer, making them a drain on your heating and cooling costs. Vinyl frames are good insulators, budget friendly, and nearly maintenance free, but may not fit the aesthetic of your home. Wood windows are typically considered top of the line as far as insulation goes, and are exceptionally beautiful in the right home. Our wood windows are also durable, combining the most advanced technology to protect against moisture, stains, and decay. However, wood windows may be cost prohibitive, as they tend to be more expensive than vinyl. Composite windows are becoming more popular, as they offer the insulating properties of wood, but they tend to be a bit more durable and require very little maintenance. Contact us for a free estimate, and we can help walk you through more of the pros and cons to different materials.
- The glass within the frame is perhaps the most important aspect to the energy efficiency of a window. Untreated glass allows heat and cold to pass through it rather easily, which means higher energy costs are passed onto you. Colorado Window Company offers windows with protective (“Low E”) glass coatings, several panes of glass, and Argon (a natural, colorless, nontoxic gas that offers insulating capabilities) gas between panes – each of these options can affect the energy efficiency of your window in a great way. Our experts can help walk you through the best choices for your home depending on your budget and where you live.
- Because extra moving parts and spaces in your window will cause greater energy loss, some styles of window are inherently more efficient than others. While our double hung windows can be quite efficient, because they open from top to bottom, they may not be as efficient as our casement windows, which open on a hinge and tend to seal a bit tighter. Every room is unique, so different windows may be appropriate in different situations – we can help you find the perfect balance between beauty and energy efficiency.
- Lastly, don’t overlook the importance of proper installation! Even the most expensive window won’t perform well if it isn’t properly installed. Our team of experts have installed windows in over 15,000 homes across the Denver metro area, and we maintain an A+ rating with the BBB. We will install your new replacement windows with an eye for detail, ensuring that air and water leaks will not be a problem in the future.
To learn more about how to increase energy efficiency in your home, contact us today. We can provide you with a free estimate, and walk you through the process of finding the perfect windows for your home.