Energy Efficient Windows | St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa and Largo FL
Energy efficient windows are a great addition to your home. They provide value to your home, save you on energy costs and provide you UV protection, noise reduction and safety. As with any purchase, there are things you should consider when buying your energy efficient windows.
When researching windows, be sure to look for the U-Factor. The U-factor is used to express the insulative value for windows. This system has been devised by the National Fenestrating Rating Council (NFRC). The NFRC is a non-profit group that administers a uniform, independent rating and labeling system for the energy efficiency of building components, including windows, doors, skylights and attachment products. The U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Program take the U-factor into account when evaluating the energy efficiency of windows for product certifications, and federal incentive and rebate programs.
You will also want to research windows with a thick layer of airspace (between 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch). Be sure not to go over 1 inch. For further insulation benefits, you will want to choose a window filled with a low conductive material such as argon gas.
Choosing windows that are tinted is a must. Tinted glass will block the sun's harmful UV rays and cut down on your air conditioning costs. The tinted glass blocks sun glare but it doesn't darken your view or the appearance of the window.
Choosing energy efficient replacement windows from Practical Windows and Doors is a good idea. It will save you money every month in energy costs and give your home a clean, modern look.
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