Improving your home’s performance should be one of your top priorities. Energy bills are not cheap nowadays, no matter how determined you are to turn the lights off when you’re not using them, or keeping the AC unit off when the weather is mild. You could try a million different home improvement tips and still not be able to lower your energy bills by much – but there is one remodeling move that will yield some nice results. Your windows are among the most overlooked areas when it comes to replacements and improvements, and that’s why it seems like there’s no real way to lower your energy bills.
Technology has come a long way since the days of simple glass panes and wooden fixtures. Replacement windows nowadays are works of science and art. They are forged of many different materials that are proven to improve the energy efficiency of your home, and all you have to do is look into them and figure out the best models.
When shopping for replacement windows, you have to keep quite a few factors in mind. There are plenty of little numbers and decals printed on the boxes that could throw somebody off if they’re not sure what to look for, so here’s a quick guide:
DP Rating: The design pressure of the window tests the strength of it against hurricane wings. A rating over 50 is best, and remember to look for an AAMA Gold Label.
SHGC: The Solar Heat Gain co-efficiency is the rating that determines how much solar heat transmits through the glass. Colder climates need a high value, whereas warmer climates need a low value.
U-Factor: This determines how much heat will flow through the window. For beach homes and areas with warm summers, go for a low U Factor (around .30)