Picking the Right Window for Your Home: Energy-Saving VS Regular Windows

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Picking the Right Window for Your Home: Energy-Saving VS Regular Windows

Did you know that installing the right windows in your house can reduce your electricity costs by up to 30 percent? It can also increase the efficiency of your home’s heating or cooling system, and increase the value of your property. 

There are 2 main options to consider when picking windows for your home: regular or energy-saving. To make it easier for you to make the right choice, we’ve compared both window types based on functionality, durability, energy efficiency, and costs.  Read on!

The added functionality that energy-saving windows provide

When it comes to functionality, energy-saving windows are a clear choice. Most regular windows were designed to do the basics: protect the home from harsh weather, provide security, and improve the aesthetic outlook of the building. Some high-end regular windows may provide some added functionality, but nothing compared to their energy-saving counterparts. 

Energy-saving windows have Low-E glass that protects your home from UV rays, reducing how quickly your paintings, carpet, and furniture fade. They offer better temperature control, give your home better soundproofing, and reduce your carbon footprint. And all these are in addition to the basic functionality that regular windows provide. 

Are energy-saving windows more durable than regular windows? 

Regular windows are built to last for 15 to 20 years, depending on how they are used and maintained. Well-maintained windows may last for longer than 20 years before they need to be replaced. 

Similarly, the best energy-saving windows are crafted with superior materials including aluminum and PVCu. Aluminum windows have an average lifespan of 45 years and PVCu frames are known to last for up to 35 years. 

Which window type is more energy-efficient? 

Regular windows provide some measure of energy efficiency, especially when they are new. At this stage, the window frames are still sturdy and the weather seals offer adequate insulation. As they grow older, however, they start to grow less efficient, and you lose heat and cold. 

Energy-saving windows retain their efficiency over a longer period. And they are built with materials that optimize their energy-saving capacity. In addition to high-quality frames and durable weather seals, they are also fitted with low emissivity glass that reduces how much solar heat passes through your windows. 

As a result, the windows reduce how much heat escapes from your home in the winter and how much heat penetrates during the hot summer days. This regulates the ambient temperature of your home, keeping it at an optimal level no matter how hot or cold it is outside. 

How expensive are energy-saving windows VS regular windows? 

Generally, energy-saving windows are more expensive than regular ones. And from everything you’ve seen above, there is a good reason for this. However, with the former, you save up a lot more over the lifespan of the window. 

For example, if your window lasts for as long as the 35/40 years mentioned above, shaving 30% off your energy costs every year will save you a lot more than you would save buying regular windows today. 

Final Note

If you are in the market for windows, you now have the details to make an informed choice. Energy-saving windows last longer, look better and provide you with more functionality. They also reduce your monthly energy costs and increase the value of your home. 

If you live around Almancil and need energy-efficient windows for your home, send a quick message to info@tj-projects.com