It's not as hard as you might think it is to replace a window. Usually, I prefer to have an experienced glass company take care of it when I need a window replaced, but sometimes, they can't get to me as fast as I'd like, or I can't afford a new window right away. I keep a few inexpensive panes of glass and some supplies in my garage so that I can temporarily replace a window until I can get the glass company to my house to install a better one. This is definitely something that anyone could learn to do, so I decided to start a blog about it to try to teach others how to replace windows. Whether you're temporarily replacing a window or you want to do a permanent job, you can learn the basics here in this blog.
Don't think green glass – no telling if those are right for your home. However, you may be wondering if green windows – or environmentally friendly window constructions – are right for your home. Having such windows installed in your home adds to the up-front cost but can save on utilites. Find out what makes windows energy-efficient and how they can add value to your home.
Energy efficiency in glass is measured by its U-value and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC). The U-value is a measure of the glass's resistance to heat loss. The SHGC is a measure of how much heat energy enters the home through the glass. Manufacturers change these factors according to a low-e coating put on the glass.
How many panes of glass included in your window also affects your heating cost. Double-paned windows can significantly lower your heating bills. However, according to Home Garden TV, adding a triple pane doesn't actually help in utility costs.
Passive Solar Strategy
The glass in your windows affects your home's passive solar energy. It depends on your house's locale and the climate for designing a passive solar strategy with your windows. Essentially, though, your most energy-efficient windows should face to the south because of the sun's path. So, according to Energy.gov, the SHGC of southern windows ought to be greater than 0.6, and the U-factor less than 0.35 – both these ratings are available for glass treated with an energy-efficient coating.
Another way to improve a window's energy efficiency is in the frame. Insulated frames are important if heating is a factor. However, the material also makes a difference.
Vinyl is a relatively low-cost option. The material is durable and reliable. Vinyl frames are hollow and filled with air. The material is also a poor thermal conductor. These two factors make it a good insulator.
Fiberglass is another green option, especially if you select an insulated frame. Wood is very energy-efficient, though the material comes with certain durability concerns.
Value of Going Green
The immediate value of having energy-efficient windows installed in your home is that you can save money on utilities in the long-run. Low e coatings can both prevent light from over-heating your home and conduct heat into the space, depending on the ratings. Insulation and multiple panes keep the heat inside. Finally, adding green windows to your home can lower your carbon footprint.
Green windows are right for your home if you want reduced utility bills and a smaller carbon footprint. Talk to your local installers about an energy-efficiency window installation strategy that's best for your house's location.