Are your windows energy efficient?
Summer is nearly here, and that means warm temperatures are ahead. Cooling your home can be expensive, and those utility costs always rise with the temperature. So, is your home ready for the hot months ahead? Unsurprisingly, windows are one of the main culprits when it comes to cool air escaping your home. Have you noticed if your windows are energy efficient?
Here are some of our best tips for getting the most out of your windows this summer.
Time for an upgrade
If you have wood or aluminum windows, it might be time for an update. While used traditionally, wood and aluminum are by far the least energy efficient window material. Over time, these materials are susceptible to rot and corrosion. This weakens your window, and makes it extremely easy for the cool air to escape. So, what type of window should you have instead? The answer is easy: vinyl.
What are vinyl windows?
Vinyl has become the new go-to in window design. These low maintenance, cost effective, and energy efficient windows have been saving homeowners money on utilities for years. Vinyl windows are made from polyvinyl chloride, which makes these windows impact-resistant and rigid. They are also easier to adapt to any home aesthetic, as they can easily mimic wood grain and other materials.
While most think that wood or aluminum is the cheaper option, vinyl windows are actually budget friendly. On average, vinyl is 10% cheaper than both aluminum and wood. In addition to lower upfront costs, the durability gives you a longer lasting window that you won’t have to replace any time soon. So, while you’re saving money on an upgrade, you will also save on utilities in the summer and winter.
If you’re ready to make your home more energy efficient and easier on your wallet, it’s time to upgrade your windows.