5 Reasons to Replace Your Windows

Replacing your home’s old, drafty windows with beautiful new windows is a very smart investment! Here are 5 great reasons to install replacement windows in your home:

  1. Cut monthly heating and cooling bills by up to one-third
  2. Stay warmer all winter and cooler all summer
  3. Reduce exterior noise infiltration
  4. Eliminate window maintenance
  5. Enhance the curb appeal of your home

Make the call to Big Sky Exterior Design today to start the process of upgrading your tired old windows with new, energy-efficient replacement windows.

Energy Savings

Installing energy-efficient windows can reduce energy use and cut your monthly heating and cooling bills. The U.S. Department of Energy has determined that 30% or more of a home’s energy can be lost through inefficient windows.

Can you afford to continue to waste up to one-third of the money you spend every month on utility bills?

Energy Efficiency Ratings – What Do They Mean?

Standards have been established by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), an independent, non-profit organization that administers the only nationally accepted rating system to measure the energy performance of windows, doors and skylights. The NFRC provides fair, accurate and reliable energy performance ratings, allowing architects, builders, code officials, contractors and homeowners to compare products and make informed choices.

These are the most important ratings to consider when evaluating the energy efficiency of windows:

  • U-Value: The most important measure of a window’s performance is its U-value, the rate of heat flow through a window. The lower the U-value, the more energy-efficient the window will be. U-value measures the entire window unit and is the only measurement accepted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR program.
  • R-Value: R-value is the measure of the resistance of glass to the flow of heat. The higher the R-value, the better the glass will be at insulating your home. However, R-value is not an accepted form of measurement by the NFRC or ENERGY STAR, as it does not measure the overall window unit.
  • Solar Heat Gain Coefficient: Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) measures how well a product blocks heat caused by sunlight. SHGC is expressed as a number between 0 and 1. The lower a window’s solar heat gain coefficient, the less solar heat it transmits.

Not sure which windows to choose for your home? Watch this video to learn more about appropriate materials, styles, and energy ratings:

Energy-Efficient Glass Reduces Monthly Utility Bills

The glass packages available in our replacement windows include some of the most advanced features available today. At the heart of our replacement windows is a technologically advanced glass called Low-E (low emissivity) glass.

Low-E glass maximizes your home’s efficiency by reducing the amount of heat entering or escaping. Microscopically thin layers of oxidized metal are applied to the glass surface, allowing filtered light to pass through while reflecting most heat energy back to its source – an incredibly efficient way to reduce energy loss.

Want to learn more? Play the video for more information on Low-E glass.

Trust the Window Replacement Professionals

The replacement window experts at Big Sky Exterior Design are ready to help you reduce energy costs and make your home more beautiful and comfortable. Contact us for a free estimate today by calling (406) 259-7020 or completing our online contact form.

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