Windows and Efficiency

When you want to keep the warm air out and the cooler air in, of course you will have your windows closed and your air conditioner running. But if you do not have energy efficient windows, then you might lose more than just the cool air. 

As with all things that are more energy efficient, you will end up seeing more money saved each month when your utility bills come back lower than before. It goes beyond your monthly savings, too. With better energy efficient windows, you can expect your HVAC system to not work as hard, leading to less wear on the system, fewer repairs, and a longer lifespan.

Updating your windows means more than just new glass. Consider every part of your current window and the surrounding area. You might lose some efficiency to air leaks caused by cracks or gaps. Older, single-pane windows are also less efficient at both keeping the outside air out and the inside air in.

New windows will make increasing your home’s energy efficiency easier, but you still need to be mindful of a few things. The window itself won’t make a difference if there are still air leaks elsewhere in your home. Also think about where your house gets the most sunlight. Direct sunlight will warm up your home quicker than you would expect, so close the blinds to block out the hot sun to keep your living room more comfortable.

Believe it or not, but your home can be more efficient with open windows. You can allow better air circulation and improve your indoor air quality with strategically opening certain windows. However, you shouldn’t be running your HVAC system with the windows open, as you would then put more stress on the system, making it work harder than normal. 

The right type of windows in your home can make a significant difference in your energy efficiency. So if you want to see lower energy bills, consider making the change this season. For more information on upgrading your windows to improve efficiency, call the professionals at Sunrise Heating and Plumbing today at (616) 293-9326. We pride ourselves on providing nothing but exceptional customer service.