Energy Efficient Replacement Windows
Will installing energy efficient replacement windows in Colorado Springs homes save on energy costs?
Yes! in all cases, installing energy efficient replacement windows in Colorado Springs homes does reduce energy cost.
If you have old, drafty, inefficient windows and doors in your home, you are guaranteed to see your heating and cooling costs decrease a possible 25% immediately.
If you have builder grade windows and doors in your home, you will still see significant savings immediately.
When properly selected and installed, energy efficient replacement windows in Colorado Springs homes will pay for themselves through lower heating and cooling bills.
What is an energy efficient replacement window?
You will achieve energy efficiency through a combination of standard features and extra-cost enhancements to our high-quality vinyl windows.
Our product features:
- Foam filled frames
- Low/E coatings
- Argon gas
- Warm edge technology
- Custom manufacturing of your windows to your openings
- Multi-chambered premium vinyl frames
- Fusion-welded vinyl sash and main frames
- Double insulated glass
We design our High-Performance Glass option for excellent performance in the Colorado Springs climate.
Call us for more specifics on our High-Performance Glass option.
What is the Energy Star Certification?
Energy Star is an international standard for energy efficient consumer products. This same standard applies to many products such as kitchen appliances, building products, computers, etc.
The Energy Star window certification program in the United States is designed to help you select energy efficient windows optimized for your climate.
Energy star replacement windows must meet minimum performance criteria to qualify for Energy Star certification. The NFRC criteria is based on whole window performance ratings and are different for each of the four United States climate zones as follows:
- Northern Zone: U-Factor of .27 or less, SHGC any
- North Central Zone: U-Factor of .30 or less, SHGC of .40 or less
- South Central Zone: U-Factor of .30 or less, SHGC of .25 or less
- Southern Zone: U-Factor of .40 or less, SHGC of .25 or less
Colorado Springs is in the northern zone.
All of The Window Source replacement windows and doors we sell are available with our energy star replacement windows glass upgrade.
What does Low-E mean for my windows?
The term Low-E means low emissivity. Low-E is a coating treatment applied to the glass portion of the window.
When a window is treated with Low-E the surface emits lower levels of radiant heat. All surfaces reflect, absorb, and transmit heat. A Low-E coating reduces the amount of heat transferred by the glass.
Hence, the Low-E coating reflects heat which your home stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
The Low-E coating is applied to the inside of the glass, so it won’t scratch off.
In addition, Low-E protects against UV fading of any furniture that receives direct sunlight.
We guarantee the certification of our Energy Star replacement windows, so you will receive the best Low-E that is optimized for the Pikes Peak region.
What are the advantages of Argon Gas?
Window energy efficiency is further improved by using Argon gas to fill the space between the panes of glass.
Argon gas is denser than air and therefore provides more thermal efficiency than having air between the panes. The Argon gas acts as an insulator, working in both summer and winter to protect your home from outside temperatures.
Argon gas also helps prevent frost from forming at the bottom of a window and improves the sound barrier capability of a window, thus lowering the noise in your home from outside sources.
Argon gas is odorless and non-toxic and should last the lifetime of a double-glazed window.
How much do energy efficient replacement windows cost?
Our High-Performance Glass energy efficiency option is an add on cost to our replacement windows and doors. The cost of this treatment varies depending on window style and size.
You can expect this treatment to add about $95 to the cost of each window, but keep in mind the price will vary depending on the size and style of a particular window.
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We can help you save money on purchasing energy efficient windows. The Window Source of the Rockies can offer very affordable prices on energy efficient premium vinyl replacement windows because of our large national buying power.
Will I get a return on investment by installing energy efficient replacement windows?
The return on investment from lower utility bills depends on the type of windows you are replacing, and the style of window you are installing.
Did you know a gap in your window frames as small as 1/16 of an inch lets in as much cold air as leaving the window open three inches?
If you have old, leaky single pane windows with wood or aluminum frames then you are going to enjoy a significant reduction in utility bills. We often see savings of 25% or more.
Window style is also a factor in improving the energy efficiency of your home.
Picture windows, casement windows and hopper windows are the most energy efficient styles of windows. This is due to the air-tight nature of the design of these windows.
Therefore, you need to factor window style, window size, and the condition of your existing windows into your energy savings calculations.
You should also consider the increased value of your home that will result when you install new energy efficient replacement windows. Your home will be both worth more and more attractive after you upgrade your windows.
Tax credits and utility company rebates
In addition to saving money on heating and cooling, installing replacement windows can save you money on your tax return and put cash rebates in your pocket.
The federal government offers you a tax credit. Homeowners may receive a tax credit equal to 10% of the product cost (may NOT include installation costs) up to: $250 for eligible windows.
$500 for eligible doors. Click to learn more about energy efficiency tax credits.
Colorado Springs utilities offers rebates for improvements to residential home insulation and air sealing. Click to learn more about Colorado Springs energy efficiency window rebate program.
Call for a free in-home evaluation and estimate
Every home’s energy profile is unique, and your energy saving will depend on several factors.
We have installed hundreds of replacement windows in Colorado Springs homes.
Our experience is that replacing old non-energy efficient windows with new double-pane vinyl windows with our High-Performance Glass option will both reduce your utility bill and increase the comfort, beauty, and value of your home.
Contact us to schedule your free in-home evaluation and estimate.
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