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Is your home cold and drafty?  Drafty windows not only make your living space uncomfortable, they spike your energy consumption and drive up energy bills.   

 

Let’s face it---inefficient windows are more than a nuisance. They are a money drain. The good news is you can give your home an energy-savings overhaul with the following advice:

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#1: Buy Windows Made From Quality Materials

When you’re looking for energy efficient replacement windows in Fort Wayne, one of the first considerations is the quality of your window materials.

 

Does quality really matter when it comes to saving energy? You bet!

 

You’ll need insulating materials for warmth. When you invest in cheap windows, they typically don’t contain these properties that help with maintaining indoor temperature.

 

When the windows are engineered with quality vinyl frames, they’ll last for decades while keeping your home nice and cozy.

 

Super-spacer technology is another feature that makes Universal Windows Direct windows better. The spacer system not only stabilizes the panes of glass but provides insulating air space to prevent energy loss. Compare this to metal-based spacers which can lose up to 50% of its overall stated R-value (resistance to heat flow) at the edge of the glass.

 

When choosing the best window for your home, it’s helpful to understand how the window - and specifically the glass - will perform in terms of heat loss and heat gain. The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy has developed a rating system to help make it easy to compare the performance of window and door products.  By comparing various glass packages, you’ll see that a Unishield insulated glass package will outperform any clear or less Low-E glass package, leading to increased energy savings.

When choosing the best window for your home, it’s helpful to understand how the window - and specifically the glass - will perform in terms of heat loss and heat gain. The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy has developed a rating system to help make it easy to compare the performance of window and door products.

By comparing various glass packages, you’ll see that a Unishield insulated glass package will outperform any clear or less Low-E glass package, leading to increased energy savings.

#2: Check For Energy-Star Ratings

While we can go into a lot of technical jargon, it’s easier to provide the following advice: invest in windows that are certified by Energy Star. This is a government-backed program that rates the efficiency of your exterior remodeling products.

 

Why is this certification important? It demonstrates that you’re making a smart investment with new window replacement. It’s also proof that your windows are designed to help save on energy bills and keep you warm!

 

#3: Triple Pane Windows Save More Energy and Reduce Noise

Triple pane, you say? Yes! So, windows are typically made of two panes of glass---otherwise known as dual pane. Once upon a time, windows were made of single pane glass but it proved to be very inefficient. Several decades ago, double pane windows replaced single pane and stood as the industry standard.

 

Today, triple pane windows are one of the most efficient options on the market. Their third pane of glass provides an extra barrier to block out the worst of winter weather (and summer heat!). Combined with other energy efficient applications, this is one of the best ways to overhaul your home for energy savings!

 

#4: Get Professional Installation

Did you know that installation can make even the most expensive replacement windows fail to perform? It’s true. It’s so incredibly important to hire experienced window installers!

 

How do you know that your window installation team is up to par? First, ask about licensing. Here in Allen County, general contractors hired to do any type of improvement/remodeling to your home must have licensing. This is issued by the county’s Building Department.

 

You’ll also want to inquire about insurance. This will keep you covered in the event that there is an accident during installation.

 

Lastly, ask around! Talk to friends and neighbors or look at online reviews. Universal Windows Direct of Ft. Wayne is proud to have a 5-star rating on Google My Business and Facebook. Our factory trained installation team is another reason you can count on quality installation.

 

#5: Make Sure You Get a Real Window Warranty

Does the manufacturer stand behind their windows? Universal Windows Direct of Ft. Wayne windows have a Lifetime Plus 30 Warranty.  This warranty covers your windows for the time you live in your home and covers the next home owner for 30 years.  You won’t find warranties like this on cheap, flimsy, windows.  Our windows are the last windows you will ever need!

 

Get Energy Efficient Windows

If you’re ready for an energy-savings overhaul, we’re here to help! Contact us today to learn about the affordable and efficient UniShield® replacement window.

 

Chris Jarvis