Why You Should Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Windows

If you are a homeowner, you have likely heard that energy-efficient windows can make a huge impact on your energy bill. As a certified installer of energy-efficient windows here at WinChoice USA, we are here to confirm that energy-efficient windows can have a huge impact on your energy bill and how comfortable you are in your home. 

Between the 1970s and 2010, there was a huge push towards the use and implementation of energy efficient windows in new construction. That said, this left most of the homes built prior to 1970 with less efficient windows.

At WinChoice USA, we believe that if you own an older home that you should seriously consider having energy-efficient windows installed — because even if you are happy with your current energy bills, it might just be because you don’t know what you are missing out on. 

In today’s blog post, we will be discussing why you should consider upgrading or replacing the current windows in your home with newer, more efficient windows. 

The Case for Energy-Efficient Windows

As a homeowner, it makes sense that you are reluctant to spend money on home renovations — after all, once you get started, where does it end? That said, if there is one renovation that you should seriously consider (aside from general maintenance), it is the installation of energy-efficient windows or the updating of your current windows. 

In the Southeastern United States, where WinChoice USA is the premier Top Rated National® window installation company, we live in a rather temperate climate — meaning that it can be easy to overlook your need for more efficient windows. While snow might not fall as often as northern and western states, homes in the Southeastern United States can still lose anywhere from 25-30% of the heating and cooling in any given home via inefficient windows. 

If you want to increase the retention of your home’s heating and cooling, we strongly suggest that you get in touch with us to schedule a window upgrade or window installation consultation. Below, we will explore the benefits of each option. 

Updating Existing Windows

Not only is our team here at WinChoice USA qualified to install new energy-efficient windows, but we are also a Top Rated National® window repair provider, here in the southeastern region. If your current windows are in good condition, taking steps toward increasing their efficiency might be the most worthwhile solution for your home. 

In fact, the following are all high-quality ways that our team can increase the efficiency of your existing windows:

  • Check the Existing Windows for Air Leaks – Over time, windows can shift — developing small cracks and openings that are hardly visible to the eye that allows air to pass through. When our team is performing a window consultation for your home, they will look for such problem areas and likely suggest that you have them repaired. 
  • Caulk & Weatherstrip the Existing Windows – If our team identifies air leaks in your windows, the next step is to caulk or weatherstrip the window so that the air can no longer pass through. The solution that our team chooses to use will be affected by the severity of the air leak. 

Things that you can do to increase the efficiency of your windows includes:   

  • Adding Window Treatments – If you want to increase the efficiency of your windows without getting our team of professional window repair specialists involved, you can always utilize window treatments like heavy curtains during winter months to minimize the effect of the air leaks or to help your inefficient windows retain heat. 
  • Install Storm Windows – Storm windows are also a valuable tool that you can use to increase the efficiency of your existing windows — and they act in the same way as a window treatment might. Storm windows can be temporary or permanent, but if you choose to have permanent storm windows installed, we urge you to let our team of window repair specialists help to prevent long-term damages.

While we do advocate for increasing the efficiency of your windows in whatever way possible, there really is no better way to do so than to have energy-efficient windows installed. 

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Upgrading to Newer, More Efficient Windows

At Winchoice USA, we always recommend that you upgrade your existing windows to a newer, more efficient option. Why? Well, to put it simply, while it might seem like a large investment, it is also an investment that will last longer. If you simply decide to upgrade your existing windows, you are solving the problem, but you are not necessarily extending their lifetime. 

When you have decided to update your windows, there are still a few considerations that you want to make (all of which our helpful team of window installations specialists would be happy to help you with):

  • What type of framing is best
  • What time of glazings are best
  • What style of window is best
  • What kind of spacers and fillings are best

Energy-Efficient Window Installation

Once you have worked with our window installation team to determine what energy-efficient window styles and qualities meet your needs, it is time to begin the installation process. When you work with our team you can expect quick, efficient installation so that you can rest easy knowing that your home is protected by high-quality windows. 

NOTE: When you have energy-efficient windows installed, it is important to make sure that they are installed in compliance with the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that the window warranties are not voided. Luckily, when you work with our team, you can rest assured knowing that the installation technicians are experienced in following the manufacturer’s instructions — especially since at WinChoice USA we are both the manufacturer and the installer. 

Energy Efficiency Is a Click Away

Rather than continuing to pay high energy bills, we urge you to consider scheduling an appointment with our certified window repair and installation team. We would be happy to inspect your current windows and recommend a course of action that ultimately leads you paying lower energy bills and enjoying a more comfortable home. 

So what are you waiting for? Contact us today to schedule your free consultation!

Energy Efficient Windows: 3 Advantages to Installing Energy Efficient Windows

Have you ever wondered if it makes sense to install energy efficient windows in your home? In today’s post, we’re tackling some of the biggest advantages for energy efficiency in the home. Stay tuned to learn more or be sure to check out our video below!

Needless to say, there are plenty of myths out there about energy efficient windows. What’s true and what’s not? Let’s start by breaking down three of the biggest advantages to energy efficient windows.

WHY CHOOSE ENERGY EFFICIENT WINDOWS?

Advantage #1: Save Money On Energy Costs

First and foremost, you can save big on energy costs. When less air from outside gets in and less of your heated or cooled air gets out, you save big on energy costs. When it comes right down to it, saving money is likely to be the biggest advantage for most people who are interested in energy efficient windows.

Advantage #2: Stay More Comfortable

Of course, saving money on energy costs means that you’ll stay more comfortable too. After all, you want to make sure that you can set your thermostat to the temperature you want and have it stay that temperature. No one likes to feel a draft of cold wind blowing in from outside. It’s equally frustrating to turn the air conditioner on only to be sure that your cooled air is finding its way outside through a crack in your windows.

Advantage #3: A Better Home

Lastly, modern window technology makes your home better for a number of reasons. From letting in more light to reducing the damage to furniture, carpets, and art around your home, new windows just make life easier in your home. New windows allow you to enjoy the benefits of natural light without having to worry about damaging UV rays causing problems in your home. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Bonus Advantage: It’s Better For The Environment

Because your HVAC unit doesn’t have to work as hard and you’re able to let more natural light in and keep your lights off for longer, you’re also doing some good for the environment. The less your major appliances have to work and the less electricity you use, the easier it is on the grid in your area. In other words, energy efficient windows are a win/win for everyone involved.

MAKE THE SWITCH TODAY AND GET A FREE ESTIMATE!

At the end of the day, saving money is always a top priority. That’s why energy efficient windows make so much sense! On average, people save between 5% and 30% on their energy costs depending on their location. There are plenty of great reasons to take advantage of energy efficient windows, so if you’re thinking about making the switch, don’t hesitate to contact us today with any questions you may have. We’re more than happy to help!

At WinChoice USA, we go above and beyond to provide our customers with custom windows made specifically for their homes. No matter your needs, we can help. Contact us today to get a free estimate for your project!

How Much Energy Is Lost Through Your Old Windows?

Have you ever seen a thermal image of a home with old windows? When a home with older windows is looked at through a thermal camera, the siding, doors, and roof of the house will appear to be hues dark green and blue while the windows are lit up with an orangish-red glow. 

Essentially, what a thermal image of a home with older windows will show you is that almost all of the heat loss in your home occurs through your inefficient, old windows. 

Thermal imaging can take a perfectly good home and make it look like a scary version of itself — but what is even scarier is how much money you are losing because of inefficient windows. Lucky for you, you don’t have to keep losing money and overworking your heater. 

For years, our team of window installation specialists at WinChoice USA has been helping homeowners avoid heat loss and high utility bills. Offering window repairs and energy-efficient window installation, our team is here to do the very same thing for you.

But before you schedule your energy-efficient window consultation with a member of our team, we would like to discuss just how much energy you could be losing through your current windows.  

How Much energy Are you Losing Through Your Windows?

It is estimated that the average home can lose up to 30% of its heating and cooling energy because of air leaks and inefficient windows. No, upgrading your home windows to a high-quality, efficient window from WinChoice USA won’t completely eliminate the energy loss in your home (because physics doesn’t work that way), but it can reduce your energy loss to as little as 15%.

Inefficient windows are a pain — and now you know how much money you could be saving if you upgraded your windows to an energy-efficient model. That said, how do you know if you have inefficient windows in the first place?

What Makes a Window Inefficient?

Below, we have listed a few of the factors that might help you determine if you have inefficient windows installed in your home. 

  • The Frame – The frame material of your old windows can help you determine whether or not your windows are old and inefficient. Older windows are made using aluminum frames and allow hot and cold air to move from one side to the other. Energy-efficient windows are often constructed using vinyl or fiberglass to combat this issue. 
  • The Number of Panes – Older windows traditionally have a single pane of glass. Because of this, it is easier for airt to escape — thus making your heating and cooling systems work harder to maintain the indoor temperature. Newer windows feature multiple panes. 
  • The Installation Quality – Regardless of if you have the newest, most efficient window or an old inefficient one, nothing matters if it is not properly installed. Improper installation can allow for the movement of air and moisture into and out of your home. 

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How Much Will an Energy-Efficient Window Save You? 

So by now, you have likely started to look at the windows in your home critically — and we would be willing to bet that your current windows are not the most efficient model. But is shopping for new, energy-efficient windows something that would be worth it for your home? After all, it is a large expense to replace all of your windows. 

In short, yes — it is a worthwhile investment. Especially if you don’t plan on moving any time soon. In fact, according to the United States Department of Energy, replacing multiple or all of the single-pane windows in your home with energy-efficient windows can save you between $126 and $465 each year on your utility bills. In fact, you can also see savings by replacing your older double-pane windows — with new, energy-efficient windows saving you as much as $111 per year. 

Where Can You Buy Energy-Efficient Windows? 

If today’s blog post has convinced you that it is time to purchase energy-efficient replacement windows for your home, we sincerely hope that you let our team help. 

At WinChoice USA, the premier window company in the Southeastern United States, we manufacture, sell, and install all of our energy-efficient windows. 

Featuring innovative window technologies like WinChoice USA® Insulated Glass System and durable WinChoice USA® Vinyl Compound, our energy-efficient windows are built to do a lot more than help you save a dollar or two — they’re also built to last. 

But we don’t stop there! As the manufacturer, seller, and certified installer of our own windows, our team is here for you every step of the way — from purchase to installation. So what are you waiting for? Don’t work with a company that will sell you windows but forces you to hire a third-party installer and work with us instead!

Contact us today if you have any questions about our windows and services. We look forward to hearing from you!