If your windows are old and need replacing, it’s best to get them done before the winter season approaches. You should also consider replacement windows that are not just visually appealing, but also energy efficient. As the temperature drops and the weather gets colder, it can be hard to keep the utility bills down since you’ll be using your heating equipment more often.
It helps to prioritize energy efficiency when planning your window installation so that you won’t have to worry about high expenditures during the winter season. You can still benefit from leaving your windows open a few hours a day during the season! To help you understand how energy efficient windows benefit your home, Renewal by Andersen® of Denver answers some of your most frequently asked questions:
“What’s the Difference Between R-Value and U-Value?”
R-value and U-value are essentially two sides of the same coin. The term “R-value” is typically cited whenever there are discussions about wall and ceiling insulation value. However, it doesn’t accurately translate to windows and other fenestration products. This is why most window contractors use the term “U-value” in the industry.
Although R-value is usually cited in insulation literature while U-value appears in various published window reference materials, it should be pointed out how inversely related these ratings are to each other. In simpler terms, a higher R-value means better-insulated walls and ceilings while a lower U-value means the window installation does a better job of keeping out the external heat and cold.
“How Does ‘Low-E’ Make a Difference in Energy Efficiency?”
Low-E stands for low emittance, which means the glass is coated with a virtually clear material. This material effectively cuts UV rays from outside to inside. If a window has good Low-E glass, that means it has improved thermal efficiency, which reduces glare and prevents the UV rays from damaging your furniture.
You can count on Renewal by Andersen of Denver for all your window replacement needs! If you live within Denver, call us at (303) 823-4312. If you’re from Colorado Springs, you can reach us at (719) 419-5496. You can also fill out our convenient online contact form. Talk to us today!