If you’re considering window replacement for your Utah home, chances are you’ve thought about looking in energy-efficient windows.
Unfortunately, this topic can be confusing for Utah homeowners.
What, exactly, is an energy-efficient window? To help with your decision, we’ve assembled some basic information on the energy efficiency of windows, so that you can make an informed decision about your home’s window replacement options.
What Are Energy-Efficient Windows?
Testing and certification for window efficiency are conducted by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). You can look for the NFRC label and use this information to compare different manufacturers and designs.
The primary metrics analyzed by the NFRC have to do with heat gain, or how much solar radiation is released as heat into the home. Testing also considers how much conditioned air (heated or cooled) can escape the home.
The most energy-efficient replacement windows minimize the direct gain and loss that occurs by conduction through the glass and frame, the radiation of heat coming in and how it affects people and possessions inside and air seepage through and around the window.
Do You Need Energy-Efficient Replacement Windows in Utah?
The Northern Utah weather runs the gamut of climate extremes, from frigid winter temperatures to the harsh heat of summer. Energy-efficient replacement windows can offer a variety of measurable benefits.
Depending on how much you increase the energy efficiency, your replacement windows may easily pay for themselves over a period of only a few years – based on the money you save on heating and cooling bills.
You will also be more comfortable inside your home and your furnishings will suffer less fading and sun damage.
Perhaps most influential, replacing your windows will significantly improve the value of your home. Remodeling Magazine reports that homeowners recover, on average, almost 75 percent of the cost of their new windows upon sale of the home. The National Association of Realtors places that figure at over 78 percent.
This means that, on average, replacing the windows of your Utah home will increase its value by about $10,000. As a bonus, it will improve the salability of your home due to the improved curb appeal. And you could easily cut your monthly heating and cooling bills by 35 percent or more, depending on the efficiency of your current windows.
Planning a Utah Window Replacement Project
Window replacement in Utah is easy when you work with a local expert like Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors.
We represent some of the most reputable and well-known manufacturers, so you will have plenty of options to choose from, depending on your objectives and budget. We personally measure every opening, so your windows will be individually fabricated for a perfect fit.
We also offer new construction and replacement interior and exterior door packages, skylights and specialty items such as interior barn doors. Contact us today to request your personalized estimate for energy-efficient replacement windows.