Energy Efficient Windows and Doors
Windows provide our homes with light, warmth, and ventilation, but they can also negatively impact a home’s energy efficiency. You can reduce energy costs by installing energy-efficient windows in your home. These windows can reduce energy bills by about 7 – 20+% compared to non-qualified windows. Energy efficient windows do more than just lower energy bills; they keep your home’s temperature consistently comfortable.
During the winter, the interior glass of qualified windows stays warmer compared to typical windows, even when the temperature outside dips well below freezing. In the summer, qualified windows reduce the heat gain into your home, without reducing the visible light. These windows also protect your valuables. Drapes, wood floors, and a favorite photograph: all these things can fade or discolor after repeated exposure to direct sunlight. Qualified windows have coatings that keep out the summer heat and act like sunscreen for your house, protecting your valuables from harmful ultraviolet light without noticeably reducing visible light.
Our window manufacture was chosen for their ability to make a window that is affordable of the highest quality. They have been business in the Fort Worth Texas area for over 25 years. They back their products with a limited lifetime warranty. Our Apex install crews have been installing these windows for two generations. They have the expertise to make your new windows look as though they were originally part of your home when built. Our windows make the home up to 20% more efficient while adding a fresh new look to your home.
In warm climates, energy-efficient dual pane windows with low-e coatings can cut cooling cost by 38% and can return over 100% on investment in as little as 3 years.
Your home’s exterior doors can contribute significantly to air leakage, and can also waste energy through conduction, especially if it’s old, uninsulated, improperly installed, and/or improperly air sealed.
New exterior doors often fit and insulate better than older types. If you have older doors in your home, replacing them might be a good investment, resulting in lower heating and cooling costs. If you’re building a new home, you should consider buying the most energy-efficient doors possible.
When selecting doors for energy efficiency, it’s important to first consider their energy performance ratings in relation to the local climate and your home’s design. This will help narrow your selection.
Types of Doors One common type of exterior door has a steel skin with a polyurethane foam insulation core. It usually includes a magnetic strip (similar to a refrigerator door magnetic seal) as weatherstripping. If installed correctly and not bent, this type of door needs no further weatherstripping.
The R-values of most steel and fiberglass-clad entry doors range from R-5 to R-6, not including the effects of a window. For example, a 1-1/2 inch (3.81 cm) thick door without a window offers more than five times the insulating value of a solid wood door of the same size.
Glass or “patio” doors, especially sliding glass doors, lose much more heat than other types of doors because glass is a very poor insulator. Most modern glass doors with metal frames have a thermal break, which is a plastic insulator between inner and outer parts of the frame. Models with several layers of glass, low-emissivity coatings, and/or low-conductivity gases between the glass panes are a good investment, especially in extreme climates. When buying or replacing patio doors, keep in mind that swinging doors offer a much tighter seal than sliding types.
It’s impossible to stop all the air leakage around the weatherstripping on a sliding glass door and still be able to use the door. In addition, after years of use the weatherstripping wears down, so air leakage increases as the door ages. If the manufacturer has made it possible to do so, you can replace worn weatherstripping on sliding glass doors.