Climate change is a topic that’s all over the news lately. It might be something you consider when pumping gas or paying your energy bill. You should also keep climate change in mind when choosing new windows for your Cincinnati home. First, you’ll want to choose windows that reduce your energy use consumption and help fight climate change. Then, you’ll want to consider how the windows you choose will hold up as the weather in your area changes in the coming years.
Choosing Windows That Fight Climate Change
The less energy you use at home, the better. Most electricity in the U.S. is obtained by burning fossil fuels, which releases greenhouse gasses into the air, thus helping to accelerate climate change. Heating fuels, like natural gas and oil, also release greenhouse gasses when burned.
If you choose replacement windows that are as energy-efficient as possible, thus reducing your energy bills, you’ll be doing your part to fight against climate change. Here are a few features that make for energy-efficient windows.
1. Low-E Glass
Low-e glass, like SmartSun™ glass from Renewal by Andersen, reflects more heat instead of allowing it to pass through the glass. This will result in lower heating and air conditioning bills, allowing you to fight climate change year-round.
2. Double-Pane Glass
Say goodbye to your old, single-pane windows. Double-pane windows have a layer of air between the two panes of glass, and this layer of air acts as an insulator. This type of window is so much more efficient and will keep your Cincinnati home more comfortable.
3. Efficient Frame Materials
Consider, also, what the window frames are made from. Vinyl replacement windows have become quite common, but they’re not the best choice if you’re hoping to fight climate change. Vinyl is not an excellent insulator, and it can also crack, leading to inefficient air leaks. Fibrex® composite is a more earth-friendly choice. It’s a better insulator than vinyl, less prone to cracks and air leaks, and the frames are made from recycled material.
Choosing Windows That Stand Up to Climate Change
It’s important to choose windows that are well-suited to the climate in your area, but you need to make sure they’ll also stay in good condition if the weather gets a little warmer, more humid, or rainier in the coming years due to climate change. Top-quality windows from a reputable window manufacturer are a better choice than low-end windows from the home improvement store.
Fibrex is also a great choice when you’re not sure what the weather will bring. It’s tolerant of changes in temperature and humidity, so it won’t start looking warped or worn if climate change accelerates. Fibrex is popular in Cincinnati homes, but it’s also used throughout New England and even further south, which goes to show how versatile a material it really is.
Double-pane windows with SmartSun glass and Fibrex frames are a smart choice for any Cincinnati home owner who is concerned about the environment and about climate change. These windows will stand up to the harshest weather, too. Contact Renewal by Andersen to schedule a free, in-home consultation and learn more about our replacement windows.