Windows & What To Watch Out For – Part III

Last on our list is energy efficiency. 

Let’s quickly shed some light on this very trendy word in the advertising world. You hear it day in and day out in. Almost every advertising out there claims to be energy efficient. Be it a washing machine, a dishwasher, a water heater, heck, even a vacuum is nowadays energy efficient. 

But what does it really mean and what is in it for you? 

Keep it simple and stupid and look for the energy efficiency indicator, called U-factor.

But what does the U factor on a window mean?

The rate of heat loss is indicated in terms of the U-factor (U-value) of a window assembly. The lower the U-factor, the greater a window’s resistance to heat flow and the better its insulating properties. 

Means you can safe a lot of energy costs with low U-value windows. Fun fact: Windows are responsible for the most heat loss of a house, so doing your due diligence regarding windows is a no brainer.

There is also a but: The lower you want your U-factor for your window(s) to be, the more you will pay for the window itself. It is as simple as that. 

My suggestion for you: If you do not have unlimited available budget to spend, find a compromise between window price and U-factor. To make here a compromise is wise as the ticket item varies greatly. There are good windows out there with good enough efficiencies and great noise reduction at a (more) affordable price. Clear, it is a balancing act between one time investment and total cost of ownership (over the lifetime of the product, in this particular case, how much can your window option save in energy bills). 

Whatever you choose, my suggestion: Do not chose the cheapest window! 

I get it, it is a tempting choice to go for a cheap alternative. Plus your wallet might not thank you at the beginning for the selection of a better window but definitely down the road. Latest when your cheap window alternative starts early to show first aging/malfunctioning signs, e.g. harder to open and close), you wish for a different choice.

Shop around and be aware a good window consists of several components: functionality, materials, quality of processing and production as well as energy efficiency.

Stay Fair & Square,

Axel

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