In this blog, we will be answering the questions: “Does my New England home need energy efficient windows?” and “When will I begin to see energy savings from my newly installed energy efficient windows?” Spoiler: Immediately upon installation!
We will also offer you window tips and energy efficiency advice, so you can learn how to maximize your energy savings on heating/AC costs. Plus, we’ll give you a starting point for your upcoming energy efficient windows project.
Why do New England Homeowners Need Energy Efficient Windows?
In a word – climate. Temperatures in New England range from mild summers to below freezing in the winter. Depending on where you live, things can vary – latitude, altitude and coastal exposure all make a difference and can result in warmer or colder temperatures. In Boston, for example, average temperatures range from a high of 82F in the summer to a low of 22F in the winter.
Wind, rain, and snow can also be issues in New England, causing problems if your house has drafts or leaks. Where do most drafts and leak occur? That’s right – your windows.
What are Energy Efficient Windows?
Energy efficient windows are designed to reduce heat loss and heat gain from the start. This means that they offer better sealing with specialized window sash and frames that conduct less heat as well as types of glazing and glass packs designed for the specific orientation, climate and design of your New England home. (For this reason, you should always find a window installer who focuses on your local area and knows exactly what kinds of windows to install for the climate and conditions you experience).
The history of energy efficient windows starts in the 1920s and 30s, with the development of skyscrapers. Engineers began to think about how extensive windows would affect comfort – which resulted in the invention of double glazing and iron-rich glass (this is why so many early skyscrapers have green windows). When the energy crisis hit in the 1970s, the U.S. government funded research to improve windows resulting in the advent energy efficient windows with features such as triple glazing, automated shading devices, and coatings that affect heat loss and heat gain through windows.
Benefits of Energy Efficient Windows
1. How much can energy efficient windows save you on energy costs? Top rated windows, assuming they are professionally installed by an experienced team like NEWPRO, can save hundreds
of dollars per year for a typical New England home, depending on the number of windows being replaced and other home insulation factors. The exact savings depend on the location, orientation, and architectural style of your home as well as other insulating factors.
2. Some of today’s energy efficient windows do not have as much of the view obstruction associated with traditional double and triple glazing, giving homeowners the best of both worlds.
3. Double and triple glazed windows provide noise insulation that goes in both directions – they will protect you from noise caused by your neighbors and from complaints about, say, your daughter’s piano practice.
How Long do Energy Efficient Windows Last?
It depends – in part on frame material. NEWPRO sells a variety of energy efficient windows with exceptionally durable composite frames including the NewproMax series Celuca™ and Infinity by Marvin Ultrex – these specially engineered frames boast a much longer life expectancy than traditional vinyl frames. You can expect double and triple-glazed, energy efficient windows to last 20 years and beyond.
Which Windows Should I Replace?
Ideally, all windows should be replaced with energy efficient windows to maximize your savings and value while minimizing your chance of energy leaks and drafts. If you cannot do all of them at once, then consider the following:
1. If your house is too hot in summer, you should start with south-facing windows.
2. Sunrooms and other “walls of glass” will make for much greater savings per window than smaller windows. Tiny windows can safely be left for last.
3. If you have a room that is noisy and has single-paned windows (such as the front room facing the street), consider starting there.
4. If you are considering moving in the not-too-distant-future, consider doing the front windows to improve your home’s curb appeal.
5. If you have windows that do not open any more, put them higher on the priority list so you can improve ventilation.
Regardless of where you start, energy efficient windows will eventually pay for themselves through reduced heating/AC costs. As an added bonus, energy efficient windows will increase the value of your New England home, not to mention, after your install you will feel a sense of pride knowing you are doing your part to help the environment …and your budget!
For more information and a free consultation, contact a NEWPRO window expert today. NEWPRO has been replacing and installing windows in New England homes for over 75 years. No one knows New England energy efficient windows better!