Replacement Fairfax Windows
Most people have a general idea of what it means to replace Fairfax windows. But when you get into the specifics of what’s typically involved with this process, there are some lingering myths that may give you reason to put off replacing your windows. Here’s a closer look at some common window replacement myths and the truth behind these misconceptions.
Replacement and New Windows Are Different
There are some subtle differences with processes involved. However, window replacement and new window installation are very similar. The difference between processes will also depend on the type of window involved. For example, vinyl and aluminum windows usually have the frame and sash installed at the same time regardless of whether it’s for a new installation or a replacement.
Windows Can’t Be Replaced in Winter
Granted, winter isn’t an ideal time for a window replacement project. Even so, experienced contractors know how to orchestrate this type of work in various situations and environments. For instance, when replacing windows in winter, each room may be blocked off in a way that prevents cold air from getting into the rest of your home.
Replacing Windows Won’t Do Much for Energy Efficiency
On the contrary, about 90 percent of heat loss occurs through glass. It’s also estimated that as much as 70 percent of a home’s energy can be lost through windows and doors. Replacing windows that are no longer efficient could definitely contribute to lower utility bills and provide a much-appreciated boost in home energy efficiency.
Wood Windows Are ‘the Best’ Option with Materials
While wood can still be a smart choice for a preferred replacement window material, it’s not always “the best” choice in every situation. In fact, vinyl can produce a look very similar to natural wood. However, with vinyl, you won’t have to worry about rot, mold, or repainting. There are also benefits associated with windows made from aluminum, steel, and clad wood.
One final myth is that numbers and ratings aren’t all that important. The truth is that things like Energy Star ratings and U-factor can provide important information about heat gain and loss and overall energy efficiency. A home remodeling professional can answer any other questions you may have as you start planning your window replacement.
Energy Efficient and Affordable Windows
By nature of their design, energy efficient and affordable windows are meant to allow fresh air and light into a home in a way a homeowner can control; either by opening windows or installing curtains or blinds. When windows become worn or damaged, however, there may be times when air is passing through windows even when they are closed, which can make them less efficient. If you haven’t yet decided to resolve such problems with new windows, consider how energy efficient windows could contribute to much-appreciated savings.
You may be surprised that many of those hot and cold spots you have in certain rooms could be related to windows lacking sufficient insulation. Well-insulated windows boost energy efficiency by providing a better protective barrier against unwanted airflow. Better insulation can also contribute to added savings.
Lower Heating/Cooling Costs
It only stands to reason that a home where windows are keeping air inside better will be one that’s easier to heat and cool. This can contribute to lower heating and cooling costs since your HVAC system won’t have to work as hard to keep your interior spaces comfy.
Better Protection for Certain Home Items
Many newer energy efficiency windows also have special coatings that block out a good chunk of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Too much UV exposure from light coming through windows can lead to faded or damaged carpets, upholstery, and wood flooring. But with windows that block most of the sun’s powerful UV rays, you’ll save money from not having to replace home furnishings as often.
Tax/Insurance Savings for Energy Efficient Windows
According to the Energy Star website, homeowners that install new windows may receive a tax credit equal to 10 percent of the product cost. Additionally, some homeowner’s insurance providers offer discounts for new window installations.
When selecting new windows, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends choosing ones with Energy Star and NFRC labels. Also, pay attention to the U-factor. This is a measure of the rate of heat transfer. A home remodeling contractor can provide further guidance when selecting windows likely to improve your home’s energy efficiency.
Energy Efficient and Affordable Windows
If you’re looking for energy efficient windows that are also affordable then you can contact us for a free estimate. We would be happy to go over the brands, styles, and prices with you to find the best selection for your home.