The Importance of Window Insulation & Where to Find the Best Energy-Saving Windows
By: Architectural Visions
Insulation is one of the most underrated parts of a home, but it is also one of the most important parts to keep you comfortable and within your budget. Here is an overview of why window insulation is so important all throughout the year and how it can help you conserve energy and save money. We’ll also share details about where to find the best energy-saving windows in GA, NC, and TN.
How Window Insulation Works
To ensure good insulation in your home, you need to start with high-quality windows, such as the ones made by Marvin, Unilux and Western Window Systems. You can also improve your insulation by having your windows professionally installed so that they fit perfectly into your home without any leaks or gaps.
Some homeowners take this one step further to apply window insulation film in a kit that involves a plastic sheet in the form of shrink film or static cling film. These films can reduce UV rays, reduce heat transfer, and block solar heat gain. Air typically leaks through windows in four ways: infiltration, conduction, convection, and radiation. While especially old and drafty windows should be replaced, insulation film can be used on windows that are in good condition for extra support.
Window Insulation in the Summer
Summers here in the Southeast can get downright steamy, which is one good reason to invest in good window insulation. With the best energy-saving windows, you can keep your cool air conditioning inside and leave the heat and humidity where it belongs in the outdoors. Summer winter insulation tips include installing insulating shutters, trying reflective film, and switching to energy-efficient windows with low-emissivity.
Window Insulation in the Winter
Harsh winters are not uncommon in parts of the Southeast, such as North Carolina. Without good window insulation, much of the valuable heat that you are paying for will go right out the window – literally! You’ll feel much more comfortable on chilly days without drafty windows letting the frigid air inside. Window insulation film or bubble wrap can be used in the winter, as well as thermal curtains and rope caulk to seal up any cracks.
How Energy-Saving Windows Save You Money
Perhaps the biggest reason to invest in the best energy-saving windows is to save money on your air conditioning bills in the summer and heating bills in the winter. Utilities are not cheap and can put a significant burden on homeowners on a budget. Energy-efficient windows can save a household hundreds of dollars per year, especially if you are replacing single-pane windows in your house. Added benefits of having good window insulation is reduced noise from street traffic, reduced sun damage to your furniture, and increased value to your home’s resale value.
The Best Energy-Saving Windows in GA, NC, and TN
AVI specializes in well-insulated windows and knows what it takes to keep your home comfortable and your utility bills down. The Marvin windows that we carry have earned the ENERGYSTAR “Most Efficient” designation on more windows than any other manufacturer. We have the widest selection of Marvin windows, including the Elevate and Essential collections made with revolutionary pultruded fiberglass, as well as well-insulated options from Unilux and Western Window Systems.
If you’re curious how insulated your current windows are or what a full or partial window replacement would involve in your home, please contact us. We offer free in-home consultations with no commitment or obligation required. Better yet, AVI has seven convenient locations and is your local expert in green construction and environmentally sustainable home renovations.
To learn more from our window experts, check out our videos about the various window materials, replacement methods, and how to select a window installer and retailer.