The Ins and Outs of Windows:
Energy Efficient Options to Save You Money
It’s easy to ignore just how important windows are to your home’s value. But not all windows are built equal: efficient windows can increase your home’s worth, lower your energy bills and make your home more comfortable to live in — not to mention that they can look great. Windows can add significantly to your property value, with a 100% (or higher) return on investment so long as the windows are correctly installed and of high quality. Look for the ENERGY STAR® symbol to quickly identify products that are certified as energy efficient. So come check out the options at Pollard Windows & Doors’ display centres in Burlington and Toronto. We also serve clients throughout the GTA and beyond.
The Many Types of Windows
Which type of window is right for you? The answer depends on your home and your personal preferences. How much light and ventilation does your home need? Do you live in a climate with extreme temperatures, or in a more mild and rainy region? There are lots of things to consider, and great options for every need.
Awning windows feature a hinge at the top and swing outward, blocking rain from entering.
Maximize your ventilation with versatile casement windows. These have hinges on either the right or the left side, allowing the glass pane to swing out like a door.
Available in 30-degree, 45-degree and 90-degree angles, bay and bow windows create a nook of windows that look beautiful and allow for abundant natural light.
A single hung window has two sashes: one on the bottom on a vertical slider, which lifts up, and a stationary one on the top.
With two vertical sliding sashes, these double hung windows offer superior ventilation and air flow.
Simply sliding to the left or right, horizontal sliding windows are a great way to add ventilation to a room that’s low on space. They won’t interfere with any window coverings.
These permanently fastened windows don’t open, so they won’t increase ventilation. They are simply a way to add light to a room.
- Skylight Windows
A skylight in your ceiling can be fixed or can open for ventilation. Either way, it’s an effective way to increase natural light and beautify your indoor space.
Fixed windows in a uniquely shaped curved or angled frame, these are perfect for beautifying your home and adding a personality that’s entirely your own.
The Most Popular Window Materials
You also have options regarding the materials of your window frames.
Durable, affordable and with excellent moisture resistance, vinyl is the most popular material for windows.
- Vinyl-Clad Wood
It’s a more premium product when compared to all vinyl windows. The vinyl exterior provides low maintenance durability and a wood interior remains a popular choice because of its beauty and warmth.
The Right Windows to Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency
Looking to bring down your monthly bills and be more environmentally friendly? The right windows can be a huge help! From windows filled with argon gas to panes treated with UV protection, there are lots of window technologies that can increase efficiency. And when new windows aren’t in the budget, you can try options like caulking, weatherstripping and window coverings.
The R-value refers to a material’s resistance to transferring temperature. In other words, this refers to how well a window keeps out the elements. The higher the R-value, the more efficient the window.
The inverse of the R-value, the U-value measures how well a window prevents heat from escaping. The lower the U-value, the more efficient the window.
- Efficient Windows Mean Big Savings
Natural Resources Canada cites replacing windows as an effective way to make your home more efficient. According to their findings [https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy-efficiency/energy-efficiency-products/product-information/windows-doors-and-skylights/13739], “Windows, doors and skylights can be a significant source of energy loss in your home — up to 35%. In Canada’s climate, this means higher energy bills for you. But choosing highly efficient models can help.”
Additional Facts to Remember About Efficient Windows
- Windows take up a significant portion of your home’s wall space — typically around 15%.
- Warranties usually vary from around 15 to 25 years (and depend on the type of window), while most windows last around 20 years.
- Windows don’t retain their value beyond their lifespan. Decorative leaded glass or stained glass are typically the only types of windows that can increase in value over time (and these types of glass aren’t very efficient).
- Signs that your windows need to be replaced or receive maintenance include drafts, panes collecting condensation (including frost), and windows that are difficult to open.
Looking to increase your home’s value, or make your house more comfortable and efficient? Pollard Windows & Doors is here to help! Visit our display centres in Burlington or Toronto, or contact us today and we’ll be happy to discuss our wide range of options.