There is a lot that comes into play when looking at your home windows as a whole. Everything from the type of glass to the materials used in your frames to the installation process plays a pivotal role in how your home windows will perform in the long run. Renewal by Andersen of Phoenix, AZ has highlighted some key areas to look at when determining if your home windows are costing you money on your monthly heating and cooling bills.
Poor Framing Material
In addition to the glass and other minor non-glass components, the window’s framing material plays key roles in reducing heat transfer. If the frames of your home windows, regardless of their condition, are strong conductors of heat and cold, they are silently wasting your energy. Aluminum is notorious for high thermal conduction. While it is highly regarded as a bad framing material for home windows, many homes still use it today. Luckily Renewal by Andersen windows are constructed with our revolutionary Fibrex composite material which combines both the strength and durabilty of wood with the low maintenance features of vinyl windows.
Drafts & Air Leakage
Buying new windows is an effective way to make your home more weathertight. Decades-old windows probably have worn-out frames, which allow drafts and conditioned air to escape through the cracks, ultimately costing you money. This also spells trouble for your indoor comfort. Without replacing your drafty windows, you might as well use your AC outdoors.
Double-pane units usually have a gas fill pumped in between their sheets of glass. It contributes to thermal insulation, improving the ability of the product to reduce heat transfer. Although insulated units are generally guilty of leaking out 1% of gas yearly, this phenomenon shouldn’t cause performance issues for at least 20 years.
However, seal failure increases the rate of leakage. Thermal pumping, spacer movement and sealant defects are some of the usual suspects behind it. When you start noticing condensation forming between the panes, it’s a sign you need to get a new window.
Today’s standard is double glazing with Low-E coatings. If your current units only have one piece of clear glass each, now is the time to switch to high-performance windows. You will be surprised how much double-pane units can effectively reduce heat as well as dramatically soften noise transfer from inside your home to the outside and vice versa.
Let Renewal by Andersen of Phoenix, AZ help boost your home’s energy efficiency with window replacement. Call us at today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation around the Phoenix, AZ area.