Are Vinyl Replacement Windows an Eco-Friendly Option?

When you care about the environment, you'll often want that to reflect in many areas of your life€”including your home and its exterior. Choosing eco-friendly options for the exterior of your home can feel like an impossible feat, especially when many homeowners long for the look of warm and traditional wood siding and windows.

While using trees to engineer the frames of your home certainly isn't the eco-friendliest option, the good news is that vinyl replacement windows are great for the environment for several reasons.

Vinyl Replacement Windows are Recyclable

While most people don't think about a plastic material being good for the environment, but they are considered green because it's material can be recycled. 

Vinyl replacement windows are engineered with polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is the same material that is used in plumbing products and other household items. Recycled vinyl is made from a variety of recycled vinyl products that can be found within everyday items. This material can reduce the cost of the window.

Recycling PVC is also an ideal situation since creating this new material (also known as virgin vinyl) can have a negative impact on the environment. There are processing facilities that will recycle this material and extract PVC from the vinyl so it can be used for other materials including vinyl replacement windows.

Vinyl Windows are Energy Efficient

Vinyl might be an eco-friendly material, but the real eco-friendly aspect of these windows comes from its ability to save energy. When new vinyl windows are installed by a professional, they are the perfect solution for keeping your utility bills low. This is because your HVAC system doesn't need to constantly run in order to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.

However, the efficiency of vinyl windows doesn't stop there. The glass package makes a big impact on window performance, and both dual and triple pane glass can also help keep your home cozy without the need to run your heat or air conditioning around the clock. 

Triple pane windows are the top option for an eco-friendly window. Its extra pane of glass gives an additional chamber for an energy efficient gas known as krypton. Krypton is a dense gas that prevents both hot and cold air from entering your home, resulting in a more comfortable indoor environment.

Vinyl windows are the optimal option for homeowners who are concerned about their environment. They don't use natural resources and they can help you save a significant amount of energy, which adds yet another benefit to the environment.

If this is the year that you want to upgrade your home with eco-friendly exterior options, contact Universal Windows Direct today to learn more.

Chris Jarvis