Over the years, window technology has become increasingly advanced, offering better comfort and more energy-saving benefits for Pennsylvania homeowners. In particular, the energy efficiency of replacement windows on the market today has greatly improved, with many now specifically designed to control heat loss and gain, minimize air leaks, take advantage of natural light and prevent the formation of condensation.
All of these features work together to provide impressive energy savings. In fact, ENERGY STAR® – a joint venture between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy – estimates that replacing single-pane windows with qualified double-pane windows can save homeowners in the mid-Atlantic region $366 per year.
How Much Heat Am I Really Losing?
It’s important to keep in mind that windows can let in more than just fresh air and light. Outdated, inefficient windows may also be allowing heat to escape from your home in the winter and hot air to seep in and raise indoor temperatures in the summer. In fact, many homeowners aren’t even aware that heat lost through windows accounts for as much as 25% of a heating bill. As such, it makes perfect sense to switch to newer, more energy-efficient models, which will help keep your home more comfortable while also saving you money.
Prepare for Winter Now
To maximize your energy-saving benefits, check out the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) label. This label provides important information to help you understand what kind of energy performance you can expect from a particular window. A window with the NRFC label displays the following measurements:
- U-Factor: A measurement of how effectively a window is able to prevent heat from escaping. It also tells you how well the product insulates. The lower the U-factor, the better a window’s insulating properties. This is the most important consideration for homeowners in cold climates.
- Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC): A measurement of the amount of solar radiation that can pass through a window, expressed as a number between 0 and 1. The lower a window’s SHGC, the less solar heat it transmits.
Contact Renewal by Andersen of Northeast PA
You can immediately start enjoying the benefits of energy-efficient windows when you install replacement windows from Renewal by Andersen of Northeast PA. All of our high-quality, low-maintenance windows meet or exceed ENERGY STAR efficiency performance standards, providing decades of indoor comfort and efficiency. Call (610) 355-4055 today to schedule your free in-home consultation!