When it comes to options for choosing windows, various design technologies and details are to be considered. When thinking about windows variables like location, frame materials, gas fills and spacers, exposure to the sun, glazing and glass features, alongside climate control, all play a role in how energy efficient a building could potentially be.
Energy efficiency should be an important consideration in both old and new buildings and while determining the specific payback that energy-efficient windows provide requires in depth study, what is known is that windows are greatly responsible for heat gain and heat loss.
Updating aging windows to incorporate energy-efficient technology substantially counterbalances the heat loss that inefficient windows are prone to in the cooler months and the solar heat gain that is significantly reduced during warmer months. These reductions have an overall positive effect on operating costs.
Benefits of Improving or Replacing Windows in Residential Buildings
Considering the fact that 25-30% of residential heating and cooling energy use is the result of heat gain and heat loss through windows, making the decision to update or replace them in the home should be a priority.
The cost-effective option for windows that are in a generally good condition would be to seek rejuvenation by way of checking for air leaks or, among other possibilities, adding storm windows, solar control film or exterior shading. Should replacements be necessary, it’s often possible to proceed with existing frames. Regardless of which route is taken, however, the good news is that as a result of the upgrade, the home will become more energy efficient – an attractive proposition in an increasingly environmentally-conscious world – and its value will have increased.
Benefits of Improving or Replacing Windows in Commercial Buildings
Nowadays, green workplaces are in high demand and there are numerous benefits to owners and occupants of energy-efficient buildings. Upgrading windows puts businesses on the right track for obtaining green certifications and on top of this, tenants are willing to pay more for green-certified buildings than they would for traditional ones. Closely linked to this is the improved rate of tenant recruitment and retention as a result of the up-to-date installations.
Replacing windows immediately improves efficiency and has an instant reducing effect on energy bills and operating costs. According to Natural Resources Canada, you may save up to 8% on your energy bill when you install the appropriate windows.
Not only will you save money throughout the lifespan of your energy efficient windows on heating and cooling, but you will increase the comfort level of your home in both winter and summer months. After you have replaced your windows with energy efficient models, your home will be better ventilated as well as being a brighter and more welcoming space.
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