Are you looking for energy efficient windows to replace the draft or leaking windows in your Houston area home? The experts at Ultra Windows can find just the product to fit your needs. Below, we’ve outlined what to look for when buying or choosing energy efficient windows, but we’d be happy to walk you through the selection process with a free estimate and consultation!
Ready to experience a stress-free window installation process? Contact Ultra Windows to start the conversation!
Benefits of Energy Efficient Windows
There are many benefits of installing more energy efficient windows in your home. As homeowners become aware of their energy spending habits and carbon footprint, we’ve seen a great trend in attempts to reduce energy consumption. Along with that comes saving on your energy bills. Inefficient windows allow air infiltration and heat transfer in to your home (especially during those hot summer months). Decreasing the pass through of air and heat through your windows can lower your energy bills as your HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard. This can also lead to a benefit of increased home comfort—allowing you to relax anywhere in your home despite the weather.
Features of Energy Efficient Windows
You still have a lot of choices when it comes to picking out energy efficient windows, but most will feature:
- Vinyl or fiberglass frames – these are the most energy efficient materials windows are made out of
- Double or triple paned glass – often with an insulating gas between each pane
- Window glazing
ENERGY STAR® Qualifications for Windows in Texas
The best way to determine how efficient your new windows will be is to look for the ENERGY STAR® qualified symbol on the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) label. ENERGY STAR measures energy efficient windows through:
- U-factor – the rate at which a window conducts non-solar heat flow. The lower the U-factor, the more energy efficient the window is
- Solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) – the fraction of solar radiation admitted through a window either transmitted directly or absorbed and released as heat inside your home. The lower the SHGC, the less solar heat is transmitted
- Air leakage – the rate of air movement around a window, expressed in units of cubic feet per minute per square foot of frame area. A lower air leakage rating means the window is tighter (and better sealed with less air leakage) than a window with a higher rating.
For windows installed in Harris County homes, they must have a U-factor of 0.40 or less AND an SHGC of 0.25 or less to qualify for ENERGY STAR. Learn more at energystar.gov »
Energy Efficient Window Installation in Houston, TX
Most major manufacturers make energy efficient windows that qualify for the ENERGY STAR label—in fact, most work each year to make their products more and more efficient to increase comfort and savings for homeowners like you. If you’re looking to replace your current windows with more energy efficient models, call us at Ultra Windows. We will talk through your needs and specifications to make sure you get the right product.
Ultra Windows’ window installation includes the finest materials that will last and stand up to our lifetime window installation warranty. Composite shims, corrosion resistant screws, AAMA certified caulks, and our unique weather tight window installation are absolutely critical to comfort, usability, and energy efficiency over the long haul.
Once you’ve seen our Ultra weather tight window installation system, we’re confident that you’ll want nothing less for your home. Contact Ultra Windows for expert window installation in and around the Houston area!