Environmentally friendly. Locally sourced. Reducing your carbon footprint. Energy-efficient. These phrases and claims have become increasingly important to consumers in all facets of life – from locally grown food and drink offerings to cars that pollute less, and appliances that maximize efficiency. What do all of these industries have in common? A singular goal of doing less harm to the environment.
In addition to food, cars, and appliances, many sectors of the home improvement industry have taken notice. Now, green, eco-friendly products – like siding, insulation, and paint – are all the rage. Not only do these products help our planet. But customers also feel pride, knowing they played an important part in slowing down. Or even reversing environmental trends that put our world in jeopardy.
When it comes to your windows, you may be wondering if green windows are actually a “thing.” The short answer is YES. The window industry has responded to consumers’ desire to reduce their carbon footprint, consider sustainability in all aspects of their life. And make changes to their homes so they can run more efficiently, without draining our precious natural resources.
So, if you are looking to make your home greener – especially with your home’s windows – here is a shortlist of what you need to know right now:
First, what makes a window “green”? To start, windows that are considered energy efficient – and thereby put less of a strain on your heating and cooling system – could place them into the category of “green windows.” Another factor to take into consideration with respect to green windows is the actual material used to manufacture that window. In other words, is the material made from recyclable materials? Does that material emit toxins? Finally, consider longevity: will the windows last, so you do not need to continually replace them?
To complicate matters further, the criteria that could qualify a window as “green” in one aspect could simultaneously make that same windowless eco-friendly in other areas. For example, if you have a window made out of recyclable material, that is a plus. On the flip side, that same window may not be very energy-efficient, due to poor insulating properties. In this instance, you could be wasting money year after year to heat and cool your home. Because the hot or cold air constantly escapes from your windows. Although the window is made out of eco-friendly material, it is clearly not helping the environment in other aspects.
Knowing that not all windows are created equal. Let’s investigate some key factors to consider, to ensure that you are making your home as green as possible:
Double- or Triple-Pane styles
If your windows are made of a single pane of glass, switching over to a double-pane or triple-pane window style is one of the most impactful changes that you can make. In fact, according to Homeadvisor.com, you can realize a savings of up to 30% by replacing inefficient windows with energy-efficient double- or triple-pane green windows.
“Low-E” – otherwise known as low-emissivity windows – have a coating on them that makes the window more energy efficient. Coupled with a double- or triple-pane window, you can really improve the energy efficiency of your home.
If the window qualifies as an ENERGY STAR® product, you have a level of confidence – beyond glossy advertising – that the windows deliver the energy efficiency you desire.
Lifespan of the window
Be sure to select a window that will last. Frequent window replacement not only wastes natural resources, but it will drain your financial resources as well!
Other Important Considerations
In addition to replacing your inefficient windows with green windows, there are other steps you can take when it comes to your windows that will make your home as efficient as possible:
There are certain seasons and times of day that you do not want the full effect of sunlight streaming into your home. For example, on a hot summer day, your air conditioning unit works hard enough to keep the home cool. Give the unit a break by drawing the shades or blinds. That resulting in less sunlight and heat – and reducing the need for your A/C to work overtime.
Proper window installation
Buying the most expensive windows in the world that offer huge energy efficiency benefits won’t mean a thing with improper installation. You need a knowledgeable installer to properly fit and install the windows. So that you can enjoy the full benefits of your investment.
Window Replacement Maryland: Mid-Atlantic Remodeling Company
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Visit us online at https://midatlanticremodelingco.com/ to view our portfolio of projects and services, including window replacement services. Time and time again, our satisfied customers appreciate our integrity, quality, and affordability as a hallmark of the Mid-Atlantic Remodeling Company.
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