While it’s hard to argue that energy efficiency will benefit you, it cannot be denied that a lot of people are not clear on what energy efficiency is to begin with and how windows are related to it. Many make the effort to do their research but with the sheer volume of information you find on the internet, it’s not difficult to get overwhelmed, or worse, encounter wrong information. To understand window energy efficiency then, it’s important to cut through myths and misconceptions to reveal the truth.
Myth: Energy efficiency is synonymous with using less energy.
Fact: Using less energy is called energy conservation. Energy efficiency has more to do with smartly utilizing energy. Window energy efficiency means then that a window helps in using energy more effectively so that none is wasted.
Myth: Making your home energy-efficient is expensive.
Fact: Improving energy efficiency in the home does require some spending but the move is actually cost-effective when you take into consideration the long-term benefits you can enjoy. For starters, based on the 2015 Cost vs. Value Report, you can recoup up to almost 79% of what you spent on a replacement window. Think of achieving energy efficiency as an investment instead of a mere additional expense. Even when you have to work with a budget, you can still make the effort to improve energy efficiency in your home because there are affordable energy-efficient windows you can take advantage of.
Myth: I can easily replace my window on my own.
Fact: It is possible to replace a window on your own. However, don’t expect to get the same results as a professional installation. Aside from possibly shoddy installation, there are also other inconveniences associated with DIY work, like choosing the wrong windows, not having insurance coverage and not being eligible for manufacturer warranties. These are simply the risks you take by not working with a professional contractor.
Learn more about windows and energy efficiency by asking a professional contractor all the right questions. Let Part 3 of this blog series teach you how.