The Pros of Energy-Efficient San Antonio Windows
You may not know this, but replacing your windows with energy-efficient ones is a great way to save money on your energy bill. That’s why finding the best replacement windows San Antonio has to offer will be the smartest decision you’ll ever make. Older windows are more likely to be made out of aluminum frames, and because aluminum is a highly conductive material it allows heat and cold to pass through it more easily. Newer frames are made of vinyl or fiberglass, which helps cut down on the transference of heat- either in or out- because these materials are far less conductive. The amount of panes of glass also affects how well your home can maintain its temperature, which therefore does not require your heater or air conditioner to do as much work. Older windows have only one pane, which is a thinner barrier and also means the air in your home is in direct contact with the glass which is the same temperature as outside. Energy-efficient windows have two or even three panes of glass, which means that while the outermost pane is heavily affected by the outdoor temperature, the inner pane is far less so. Additionally, between these panes, the manufacturer will also often insert gases such as krypton or argon. This reduces the transference of air because they are denser than oxygen and reduce the amount of heat that is transmitted in or out. Another huge factor that can affect your energy bill is the quality of installation. Even the best energy-efficient windows will not work properly or reduce your energy bill if they’re not installed correctly. If you’re going to get new windows, it’s best to go with a company that has a team of dedicated window installers rather than one that outsources to general contractors.
“The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that you’ll save between $126 to $465 a year by replacing single-pane windows in your home”, which is a huge reason to make the switch. Depending on the number of windows in your home that need to be replaced, they can essentially “pay themselves off” within a couple of years. Viva Windows San Antonio TX is here to help you through the transition to a better home and better savings! Another great reason to upgrade your windows is that it reduces sound pollution. Up to 70% of exterior noise can be muted with well-installed, quality windows. Additionally, Low-e coatings on windows block UV rays which not only reduce the amount of heat that accompanies lovely sunlight into your house in the summer, but also reduce the amount of sun damage to furniture, carpets, and personal belongings by up to 75%. Quality windows provide quality of life! Call us for more information on the great changes energy-efficient windows can bring to your home, and we’ll also provide a free consultation on which of the best windows San Antonio has to offer would be the best fit for you.