Technology has evolved by leaps and bounds over the past few decades and now governs almost everything we do, be it communication, entertainment or home security. However, with increased adoption comes an increased requirement for energy. In this blog, we discuss the importance of prioritizing home improvement projects geared toward improving energy efficiency, and explain how a replacement window company can help you achieve that goal.
Thanks to efforts like the ENERGY STAR® certification program, energy-efficient products have never been easier to acquire. As a result, homes use up less energy than they did 30 years ago. However, with the rising cost of energy coupled with the increased availability of technology, the average homeowner still ends up paying more per month.
According to the Energy Information Administration, 42% of an average American home’s energy consumption is spent on space heating. Combined with another 6% average spent on air conditioning, these expenses account for almost half of the monthly energy bill. If a homeowner could reduce energy consumption on these two fronts, they’d enjoy significant energy savings.
How Replacement Windows Can Help
The problem with traditional windows is the single-panel glazing. Since glass is a naturally conductive material, single-panel glazing allows indoor heat to escape. The effect is more severe during the cold season, as the indoor heating system needs to pump out more heat to compensate for the heat loss. Likewise, interior spaces can suffer from heat gain during summer, requiring increased air conditioning use.
This is where replacement windows can help. Energy-efficient replacement windows typically have dual-panel glass, which eliminates contact between interior and exterior surfaces. This dramatically reduces conduction, which helps maintain stable indoor temperatures and decrease indoor heating and cooling requirements.
Renewal by Andersen® replacement windows come standard with dual-panel glass. Our High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass also features low-emissivity coatings that block UV and infrared rays, which helps reduce heat gain from sunlight. Combined with our exclusive Fibrex® material frames and precise installation methods, our glass packages can help you significantly reduce your energy consumption.
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