New windows are a great way to update your home if you are dealing with high heating and cooling expenses because of air loss, and there are some high quality options to choose from. If you know that you are ready for new windows but you want to make an investment in windows that will last and be durable for years, here are some of the things that you want to look for when you start to get cost estimates and quotes.
Windows With Smart Technology
You can now get windows that have smart technology allowing you to open and close them electronically and to filter out heat and cold based on sensors. If you have a smart home or you are updating the HVAC and other areas of the home with smart technology, this is a window feature that may interest you and can help keep your energy bills at their lowest.
Energy Efficiency Ratings
As you shop around for windows, the most important feature of the windows is the efficiency ratings. Find windows that are going to save you energy and money and that have been approved by Energy Star. You can get windows that have an insulation film to prevent air loss and that are designed to seal in air. The higher the U value rating, the better the window is for efficiency.
Other Helpful Upgrades
There are other changes that are worth making when you are replacing the windows, since you are already removing the windows and working on the house. Consider wrapping the insulation, or installing new insulation. Options that are foam and expand to fit around the windows and walls are recommended, and they are usually composed of polyurethane. You may also want to get custom blinds to keep sunlight and heat out when it isn't needed.
Have a couple of companies like Acme Glass & Tinting come out to give you estimates for the installation and for the cost of the windows and any other materials you are using to improve the home. Once you know how much the project will cost, you can start working with your budget or financing to improve your home. Make sure you talk with your personal homeowner's insurance agent to make them aware there will be a home renovation going on and an increased value because of the updated materials. You don't want something to happen and then discover the new windows that you paid for weren't covered.Share