Fabulous Fenestration: By Cindy Szponder
Welcome to the world of fabulous fenestrations and their contribution to the energy efficiency and comfort of your home. Today’s windows (fenestrations) allow you to make wise choices from a variety of options suitable for differing climates and conditions.
Modern, efficient windows are available in a wide range of materials. The glazing you choose can affect how much light they transmit, how much of the sun’s heat they allow into interior spaces, and how well they prevent the flow of heat. As one of the most complex and expensive components of your home, the windows you choose can also have far-reaching energy consequences. In new construction, their number, total area, and orientation to the sun can make or break the energy efficiency of a high-performance home. When replacing windows in an existing home, choosing windows that are Energy Star qualified can lower household energy bills by 7-15 percent, which also reduces greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and shrinks your home’s carbon footprint.
One way to ensure that you are choosing energy efficient windows and making the wisest use of your money is to select Energy Star qualified windows for your home. Choosing to install Energy Star qualified windows has three major benefits. First, you’ll save money on your heating and cooling bills, while also using less energy, and Reducing your carbon footprint. Second, you’ll be more comfortable since cold drafts and overheated spaces will be a thing of the past. Third, you’ll protect your valuable furnishings and floorings — the special coating on the glass of these types of windows acts like a sunscreen and protects your belongings from fading.
Second, you’ll be more comfortable since cold drafts and overheated spaces will be a thing of the past. Third, you’ll protect your valuable furnishings and floorings — the special coating on the glass of these types of windows acts like a sunscreen and protects your belongings from fading
Summer or winter, new construction or existing home, the window choices you make can have a major impact on energy savings, personal comfort, and protection of your valuables.
For further information , visit EnergyStar.gov, GreenBuilding Advisor.com, or The National Fenestration Rating Council at NFRC.org.
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