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A Guide to Energy Efficient Windows in Houston, TX

Is your home drafty and uncomfortable? Are your heating and cooling bills shockingly high? Many factors could be to blame, but leaky windows are a likely culprit. The solution is to install energy efficient windows in your Houston home.

If you’re in search of a qualified contractor for the job, look no further than Ultra Windows! We have over 20 years of experience serving Texas homeowners, and we’re ready to make your window replacement experience a positive one.

Want to learn more about energy efficiency for windows? Then contact Ultra Windows in Houston to schedule a free estimate and consultation!

How Do Windows Contribute to Home Energy Efficiency?

An exterior envelope encases the living area of your home. This outer shell – which includes the floor, walls, and ceiling – is far from uninterrupted. Building material changes, wiring and plumbing penetrations, exhaust vents, windows, doors, and other home features create openings in the exterior envelope. Outdoor air can enter your home through these openings, impacting heating and cooling efficiency.

Windows have a particular impact on home efficiency because they’re quite large and are made of glass, which is a very poor insulator. This means that the entire window – not just where the frame meets the wall – affects air and temperature transfer in and out of your home.

Why Does Window Efficiency Matter?

Energy efficient windows are more expensive than basic options, but they should still be your first choice. When you choose windows with a higher efficiency rating, here’s how you benefit:

  • Lower your heating and cooling costs by keeping conditioned air inside where it belongs.
  • Decrease your home’s carbon footprint and do your part for the environment.
  • Increase your HVAC system’s lifespan by allowing the equipment not to work so hard.
  • Make your home feel comfortable with fewer drafts and a more even temperature from room to room.
  • Reduce condensation to control moisture that could cause mold growth or home structure problems.
  • Preserve the color of your furniture, carpet, and paint with window coatings designed to keep UV rays out.

How to Achieve Energy Efficiency for Windows

Many features come together to make a window more energy efficient. They impact the window’s energy performance rating, which succinctly conveys how efficient the window is in different categories. The most prominent energy-saving features of high-performance windows include:

  • Two or three panes of glass to slow heat transfer through the window
  • Gas in-fills, such as argon or krypton, that are denser than air to slow heat transfer even more
  • Insulating window frame materials
  • Insulating spacers to hold the window panes a precise distance apart, thus reducing heat flow and minimizing condensation
  • Low-emissivity (low-E) glass to reflect heat (and UV rays) out in the summer and back in during the winter
  • Professional installation that includes caulking and weatherstripping to eliminate air leaks around the frame

Energy Efficient Window Replacement in the Houston Area

Now that you understand the importance of energy efficiency, Ultra Windows can help you achieve it. We supply products from many of today’s top window and door manufacturers so you can benefit from every great feature that energy efficient windows have to offer.

Trust our window experts to help you narrow down which brand and features you want. Then, our talented installation crew can install your windows to meet your high expectations. We’re proud of our 20-year history as Houston’s go-to window installer, and we’re excited to help you find the perfect energy efficient windows for your home!

When you’re ready to learn more, contact Ultra Windows and schedule a consultation with one of our experts!

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