Purchasing new replacement windows for your home can be a smart investment for several different reasons. In addition to improving the look of your home, energy efficient windows can save you money on your heating and cooling bills. Depending on your particular climate, new windows can be chosen that are designed to protect your home from excessive moisture or shield your home from harmful UV rays.
Before you decide on the glass type, there are many different window frame materials to choose from. Aluminum and vinyl window frames are both cost-effective options that can generally stand up to most climates. If you would rather go with a natural wood frame, there are many available that are designed with built-in protection from rot, water saturation and termites.
When choosing glass for new replacement windows, it’s important to consider how much heat and sunlight you want to let into your home. For extremely hot climates, insulated Low-E glass will limit the amount of heat that is able to come through your windows and block 85 percent of UV rays. For people who live in cold climates, window glass that has a high solar heat gain coefficient number can reduce heating costs during the winter.
No matter what climate you live in, one of the most important things to look for in new replacement windows is an ENERGY STAR label. ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency program that labels products based on their ability to meet energy performance standards. Choosing windows with an ENERGY STAR label for your particular climate zone can lower your household energy bills by up to 15 percent.
Seattle Windows and Construction offers an extensive selection of replacement windows designed especially for Seattle’s climate. Visit www.windowseattle.com to read about our complete window installation services.
Seattle Windows and Construction
7683 Southeast 27th Street, Suite 156
Mercer Island, Washington 98040
Phone: (206) 953-1062