When it’s time to replace your windows, it just makes sense to invest in energy-efficient upgrades that can help you recoup some of your expenditure—or maybe even all of it—within a few years. Looking for the ENERGY STAR® label is a great place to start. After all, the ENERGY STAR program estimates that homeowners who replace their outdated single-pane windows with energy-efficient upgrades can save from $100 to more than $500 a year.
If you’re thinking, “That’s a pretty wide variation,” you’re right. Local climate conditions, utility rates, the size of your home, and other factors can affect the savings you’ll reap from investing in energy-efficient windows. For example, if you live in the Kansas City metro area, where bone-chilling winters and sizzling hot summers are the norm, you’ll want to look for windows with features that can prevent heat from entering and exiting through your windows year-round. Contrast that to a homeowner in a tropical region who will likely be concerned only with keeping solar heat outside.
Here’s a rundown of some of the best energy-efficient window features to look for if you live in the Kansas City metro area:
Unlike the aluminum frames that come standard in many homes, window frames made from fiberglass or vinyl don’t conduct heat and cold very well, so they provide better insulation than their aluminum counterparts. Fiberglass windows are also remarkably strong, which can help prevent window seal failure that would allow air infiltration. Both vinyl and fiberglass frames can be enhanced with insulation to improve their thermal performance even further.
Double- or triple-pane glass that’s treated with a low-emissivity (Low-E) coating will help reduce heat transfer through your windows throughout the year. Some windows come with gas fills between the panes to maximize their insulating performance.
Warm Edge Spacers
An often-overlooked window feature, a warm edge spacer is used to keep glass panes the correct distance apart, and high-quality spacers will also enhance the window seal and block heat transfer, thus contributing to energy efficiency.
If you live in the Kansas City metro area and you’re on the hunt for high-performing, energy-efficient replacement windows, the experts at Johnson County Siding & Window Co. will be delighted to assist you. We’ll help you evaluate the features of our energy-efficient replacement windows so you can choose the best options for your home. As a bonus, all of our windows are beautiful and exceptionally weather resistant. Contact us today for more information.