Whether you're a do-it-yourselfer wanting to upgrade a home, or in the process of building your own home, selecting vinyl windows can be the perfect investment. Vinyl windows are extremely energy efficient, durable, and can significantly contribute to the reduction of an otherwise high energy bill. Installing vinyl windows helps protect the environment and can greatly improve the comfort of the home.
Although the initial cost may be more expensive, choosing to upgrade or build a home with vinyl windows is proven to save money to the homeowner over time. The US Department of Energy most recently released a study where the typical homeowner using ENERGY STAR© windows can experience energy savings from $126 to $465 a year.
Vinyl windows have been around for about 25 years. Modern technology has improved the quality and durability of vinyl window manufacturing. As an earth-friendly product it is certainly the best "bang for the buck" energy efficiency window. Energy credits and rebates are available for vinyl windows which have a Low-e or Low-e2 coating.
A study done by the California Energy Commission found that replacing single-pane aluminum frame windows with dual-pane vinyl windows reduces the utility bill significantly. Dual pane windows can be manufactured with argon gas in between the panes and have a Low-e coating on the glass to improve the insulation value even more.
In addition to using ENERGY STAR© vinyl windows to adjust to what appears warmer weather due to climate change, consider these other energy saving tips:
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