While your home should always be comfortable – warm in the winter and cool in the summer – up to 25 percent of your home’s heat or air can be lost via its windows. There are some ways that you can help combat this higher energy bill as well as prevent water damage Denver homes might fall victim to during bigger storms and heavier rainfall. Here are a few ways you can monitor your home’s efficiency:
- Energy efficient windows can help save money on heating bills, and only windows with the ENERGY STAR label have met government energy efficiency standards. There are a variety of ENERGY STAR windows, so be sure you are choosing the ones that best fit your needs.
- Always consider the U-Factor of windows. A window’s U-Factor refers to its rate of heat loss; a lower U-Factor means that less heat will be lost.
- You should also examine the window’s SHGC, or Solar Heat Gain Coefficient. The SHGC of a window indicates how much warmth from the sun can be taken in. Houses in colder climates may benefit from windows with a higher SHGC because the sun can provide additional heat for free. Keep in mind that external factors, such as the direction a window is facing, can affect the window’s performance.
- Double-pane windows can also help keep energy bills down. These fixtures consist of two pieces of glass with a gas-filled gap in between; this gas helps aid in insulation. They usually have a special coating that helps lower the U-Factor as well.
- Storm panels are a more affordable alternative and can be easily be added to single-pane windows, though these window treatments do lack the gas filling. Other window treatments can also be money savers.
- Thick drapes and awnings can both help keep heat out of the house. You will only see a difference in your bills if you are using window treatments that are actually energy efficient.
Remember that even the best windows will prove ineffective if they are in poor condition. Make sure the glass is not broken, the frames are not rotted, and the caulk around the edges is not cracked. Save money this fall and winter once the temperature changes and take precautions to prevent unnecessary damage. Learn more tips and ways to save by maintaining your home – read about how to find a slow leak in your Denver home that could be costing you a great deal.