How the Right Window Frame Can Increase Energy Efficiency

Now more than ever, homeowners are seeking ways to improve energy efficiency in their residences. Having energy efficient windows in your home can significantly help reduce your heating & cooling costs. So, if you’re a new homeowner or simply interested in installing more efficient windows, here are a few tips to consider while shopping.

Vinyl Windows

Vinyl (also known as PVC) are today’s most common choice as vinyl windows provide great value, energy efficiency and comfort at an affordable price point. Vinyl windows with good quality insulated glazing panels and proper installation provide excellent efficiency. These windows are also a low-maintenance option, so constant upkeep isn’t an issue.

Wood Windows

Wood has long be used for window framing, but is maintenance intensive especially in damper environments or when exposed to significant sunshine. Wood windows are also significantly more expensive. As a result, very few homeowners purchase these types of windows. That said, they do provide good efficiency when coupled with today’s insulating glass. If you choose wood be prepared to perform regular maintenance on the windows both inside and outside the house.

Aluminum Windows

Aluminum is a strong and lightweight material. It is durable material and can be styled to suit design preferences both classic and contemporary. Talk to an industry expert about efficiencies as performance can vary significantly dependent upon design and application.

Aluminum/Vinyl Hybrid Windows

Looking for the best of both worlds? Hybrid windows combine the energy efficiency, sound abatement, and low maintenance of vinyl windows with the aesthetic appeal of aluminum. Scheel hybrid windows feature an extruded aluminum cladded exterior with a vinyl interior that provides durability, comfort, and style.

As you have read there are many factors to consider when selecting energy efficient windows for your home so it’s important to research beforehand as there are significant differences in the quality, efficiency, performance and warranties of the products being sold in the marketplace. When doing your research be sure to ask to see samples of the products being offered. Ask to see frame cut-outs as well as a complete window. Look at the colour. Check for quality “Truth” brand hardware on operating casement windows. Beware of knockoffs and plastic latches, cheap locks and thin walls chamber walls. Look for staples as companies use these instead of screws to reduce costs. Read the warranty EVERY WORD of it. Ask how to make claims. Inquire about service. Does the company have their own service techs or do they come from Toronto, Montreal or elsewhere? Most re-sellers don’t have service people.

In short, you are likely going to spend a fair amount of money when you replace your windows. Take your time and do your research. Consider price, if one company is lower than another make sure you are comparing apples to apples.

At Scheel Window & Door, we have been manufacturing, selling and expertly installing ENERGY STAR-certified windows in Ottawa & Valley since 1948. Interested in learning more? Then contact us to arrange your no charge no obligation quote today!

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