Some homeowners might install new windows to improve the décor of their respective homes. Others might seek to improve the value of their homes on the market. Both of these are good reasons to get rid of those old single-pane windows and get modern replacements. However, there’s a third reason to replace your old windows that’s equally attractive. Conroe, TX replacement windows can actually make living in your home less expensive over time, as you’ll get significant energy savings by installing them.
The United States Department of Energy estimates that homeowners can save annually by installing windows which have been certified with the Energy Star label. That’s part of their allure and a big reason why homeowners make that label the first thing they look for.
Energy Star windows are made from material that does a better job in regulating the amount of solar radiation that enters your home, raising or cooling the temperature accordingly. The extent to which your windows help to regulate your home’s internal temperature by themselves is also the extent to which your heating or air conditioning units won’t need to work as hard to change the thermometer. The result is that they’ll use less energy and you’ll reap the savings on your bills accordingly.
The key factor that you should be aware of is something known as the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient. The lower the number, the better your windows will be in filtering out solar radiation and keeping your home cool. For Texas residents, most of which live in warm climates, this is a number to pay close attention to. Those who live in northern Texas might wish for a slightly higher number, but Houston residents would be better served with a lower number to ride out the very hot summers.
While windows which have the Energy Star label are important, they aren’t the only aspect of energy efficiency when it comes to window design. The material that is framing the windows is also important. For example, fiberglass or vinyl is a better energy regulator than wood or titanium, as the material won’t heat up or cool off as rapidly, making them better insulators, which in turn will keep the temperature of your home comfortable. As a result, your heating and air conditioning units won’t need to work as hard, or you might not even feel the need to turn them on in the first place.
If you’re thinking about installing Energy Star or any other kind of Conroe, TX replacement windows and desire to have expert consultation about the best choice for your home, please don’t hesitate to contact Custom Windows of Texas. Give us a call at (713) 864-2747 and let’s get started on finding and designing your ideal windows. Sometimes it can be helpful to stop in to see window options in person. We’re located at 1291 N Post Oak Rd #100 Houston, TX 77055 and we’re happy to show you around or let you browse window labels on your own.