Conventional wisdom dictates that replacing the windows in your home can save you a great deal of money in heating and cooling costs. However, according to a recent article by the Federal Trade Commission entitled, Shopping for New Windows?, these claims may sometimes be exaggerated. How much money your new windows will actually save you is dependent on a number of factors including:

  • The material your current windows are made of
  • The material you choose for your new windows
  • The size of your home and the number of windows it has
  • How much shade your house gets
  • The climate in which your home is located

When selecting new windows with the intention of saving on energy costs, your choice of materials, style, glazing and installation can have a large impact on the bottom line.  Some considerations include:

  • Materials: Wood and vinyl windows have good insulative qualities but wood windows require regular maintenance while vinyl windows do not.
  • Style: Casement, awning and hopper windows provide the best insulation.
  • Glazing and Glass Technology: Windows that feature low-emissivity coatings are more energy efficient than those not treated with glazing.
  • Installation: Windows must be installed according to manufacturer’s instructions in order for you to benefit from energy savings. Hiring a qualified contractor can ensure that the job is done right.

For more information, including how to read and understand the energy performance ratings on new window labels, be sure to read the full article here.

If you are a homeowner in the southwestern Chicago suburbs and you are looking for a reliable and respected local contractor to handle your new window installation, you need look no further than Baltic Home Improvements. Our award-winning company has more than ten years of proven experience handling window installation, roofing and siding jobs for area homeowners. Contact us by phone or through our convenient Web form to learn more and to schedule an appointment for a free assessment of your new window installation job.