For homeowners in The Woodlands, direct sunlight is not typically a big issue, due to the fact that the numerous trees tend to shade the houses – keeping them cooler in summer. This is a huge benefit, as shading can reduce the cost of cooling a home by as much as 15%.
However, homes in The Woodlands are typically built with oversized windows, and all of that single pane glass can really decrease the overall efficiency of your home significantly. Since a typical single pane aluminum window has an R-Value of 1, it doesn’t take too many windows on an exterior wall to reduce the effective R-Value of the entire all assembly to an R-3 or R-4.
Additionally, even well shaded homes need to be as airtight as possible, and builder grade single pane aluminum windows are notoriously leaky – allowing indoor air to escape and allowing outdoor air to infiltrate. The average home has enough air leakage at the windows to equal leaving a window wide open. Of course nobody would leave a window open all summer on purpose, but homeowners are doing the same thing, unknowingly because their windows are leaky.
If your home still has the original builder grade aluminum windows, replacing them with new state-of-the-art energy efficient windows is one of the best investments you can make in your home. You’ll not only feel more comfortable, and eliminate drafty windows, but you’ll notice a difference in your electric bill during those hot summer months. Call Ultra Windows today for your free, no obligation estimate on new windows – we’ll help you find the right windows for your home and your budget.