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The Growing Importance Of Energy Efficient Windows In House Valuation
The windows in a home are a major source of heat loss in the winter and cooling loss in the summer months. Most homes lose around thirty percent of their heat or cooling through the windows alone. A study conducted in 2010 concluded that new homeowners were more concerned about whether their home was energy efficient than ever before.
The rising cost of all kinds of energy has stretched everyone’s budgets to the absolute limit, making it more important than ever before to save energy whenever possible. We can’t do anything about the price of energy but we can do something about how much we use.
Radiation, conduction, convection and air leakage are all ways that a window loses warm or cool air. Double or even triple paned glass filled with argon or krypton gas will improve energy efficiency. Eco-friendly glazing on the glass is also a way to reduce conduction and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.
The window’s frame plays a crucial role in the overall energy efficiency of the window. Materials used for window frames are wood, fiberglass, vinyl, and aluminium. Wooden windows used to be thought of as being unfriendly to the environment. Now numerous companies sell timber sourced by Forest Stewardship Council timber suppliers. They have strict guidelines to ensure that the timber sold by them is sustainable. The timber window frame is a unique composite of different materials that makes the window frame extra strong. It has G-force reinforcement inside of the frame and it is filled with high-density solid-polyurethane insulation. The extra insulation inside the frame is added insurance against loss of heat in the winter and cooled air in the summer months.
Spacers are an important component in making windows energy efficient. Thermally resistant edge spacers can extend thermal effects up to two inches into the glazing on the window pane. Quality spacers will also reduce condensation, which is very important as dampness from condensation can cause mildew.
It is very important to have windows and frames installed correctly to insure that there are no leaks that would let warm air escape. The extra cost for professional window installation is well worth it in the long run. Windows that aren’t fitted properly will cause a rise in fuel bills and increase the carbon footprint left by your family. Properly installed, energy efficient windows will increase the value of your home.