Does your home still have the original windows from when you first moved in? Older windows are more susceptible to leakage that can result in a higher electric bill. Now is a great time to upgrade and install energy-efficient windows to your home so you can enjoy savings on your cooling and heating costs! Before your windows can be improved, you first have to make a selection and then schedule an installation.
There are various types of windows, window operating systems and window designs that can be used for your home. With six particular operating styles, each one offers something different when it comes to energy-efficiency.
- Awning – This type of operating system is hinged at the top of the window framing and opens outward. The sash (moveable panels) closes by pressing against the frame, which helps prevent air from seeping to the outside.
- Casement – This system works similar to an awning window system except the windows are hinged on the side of the window framing.
- Fixed – A fixed window does not open. When installed correctly, this type of window is airtight. Fixed windows are recommended where window ventilation is not desired or needed.
- Hopper – This type of operating system is similar to the awning and casement window systems, however, it is hinged at the bottom of the window frame and opens inward.
- Single- and Double-Hung – Both sashes slide vertically in a double-hung window, while only the bottom sash slides upward in a single-hung window. There is a higher air leakage rate for this style of window compared to projecting or hinged windows.
- Single and Double Sliding – Both sashes slide horizontally in a double-sliding window and one sash slides in a single-sliding window. These windows also have a higher leakage rate.
Make sure to check the rating components when determining which type of windows you prefer to have installed in your home. The rating components will help explain how effective the energy-efficiency of the window will be.
- R-Value – This component measures the insulating value for the window. The higher the R-Value the better the insulation capability.
- U-Factor – The U-Factor also measures the insulating value of the window. In this case, however, a low U-Factor means increased energy-efficiency.
- E Coating – Low-emittance coatings are energy-efficient layers placed on windows to help reduce the U-Factor by absorbing or reflecting sunlight. When e coatings are present, the energy-efficiency of the window is higher.
- Number of Panes – Increasing the number of panes on the window increase its energy-efficiency. (i.e. having single-paned glass versus double-paned or triple-paned insulated glass)
Once you have determined what type of windows you would like for your home, you’re ready to schedule an installation!
Window installation varies, depending on the type of window being installed and the construction of the house (wood, masonry, etc.), along with exterior cladding or weather-restrictive barriers. Hiring a licensed remodeling contractor is the best way to ensure that your windows are installed properly. Contact us at Westside Remodeling today to schedule your window installation!