What if I told you I could save you as much as 40% on your monthly utility bill? Now, what if I also told you it was as simple as replacing your old inefficient windows? Last year, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that many unsuspecting homeowners are literally throwing money out their windows! If the windows in your home are more than 15 years old, chances are they are no longer getting the job done.
Over the past 15 years, the replacement window industry has developed into a science of insulation. Once only thought to provide a view outside, today’s replacement windows are nothing short of extraordinary! Double, triple and even quad pane glass can provide homeowners with insulation values almost has high as solid walls!
To have a better understanding of insulation, you first have to understand how insulation is measured. Insulation is measured through a dynamic variable known as r-factor. R-factor is the capacity of an insulating material to resist heat flow. Sounds confusing right? Well, let me simplify this complicated concept.
The average residential exterior wall has an r-factor of r13. R13 simply means that it takes 13 minutes for 1 degree of temperature to pass through the wall and be lost or gained. Obviously the higher the r-factor the better. When it comes to replacement windows you want to find the highest r-factor you can afford.
Here is the problem however. If I were to bring into your home 3 replacement windows that were identical in size, color and style, chances are you would not be able to tell which one offered the best energy efficiency. While all replacement windows look the same on the surface, they are far from the same when it comes to insulation properties. For this reason, it is essential to have at least a rudimentary understanding of r-factor before you begin your replacement window search.
Don’t rely on the Big Box stores for replacement windows!
While Bill at your local Home Depot or Lowe’s is a nice guy, he is probably not the best person to help you make such large decision. Most big box representatives are taught to steer you towards a cheaper window to save you money. While saving money upfront might sound great, saving money for years on your utility bills sounds better to me. Unfortunately, big box distributors don’t hire professionals to better guide you through this critical home improvement project.
Replacement window r-factor benefits…
There are many benefits to purchasing replacement window with higher r-factors and they all translate into keeping your hard earned money in your pocket.
- Lower your utility bill by as much as 40% over your standard replacement window
- Keep your home cooler in the winter by reducing solar heat penetration
- Help make the rooms in your home have a more uniform temperature
- Save the planet through lowering your yearly energy consumption
In addition to getting high quality windows, by working with a window expert like Pure Energy you will receive a professional installation. When you buy windows from your local home improvement store, you will most likely be installing them yourself. Even the most experienced weekend warrior is simply no match for the professional window installer who installs windows all day, every day.
If you have your windows installed by a window professional like Pure Energy, your product and install are backed by a guarantee. This guarantee ensures that if anything goes wrong after the windows are in place – you have someone to call for help. Ever try calling your local home improvement store after you’ve bought something for your home for help?
In the end, before your hire a one size fits all, big box retailer to replace your windows, consider interviewing a few reputable replacement window professionals. Trust me, you won’t regret it!
This article has been written by the publishing staff at Pure Energy Window Company. We are Family Owned and Operated replacement window company servicing all of Southeastern Michigan and Lansing.
If you are considering replacing the windows in your home, give Pure Energy a call today. Call (248) 446-6100 or click on the link below to get started!
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