The rate at which a home loses or gains heat significantly affects the amount of energy that an air conditioning system uses. This is because a home that gains or loses heat at a faster rate usually negates the gains made by the air conditioning system, as far as heating or cooling the home is concerned, something that then forces the system to work harder and for longer.
A home's windows usually play an important role when it comes to determining the rate at which the home gains or loses heat. Making sure that you keep the following things in mind when looking for a window replacement will therefore go a long way towards helping to lower your overall energy bills.
When choosing replacement windows, it is always advisable to go for the multi-paned option. This is because every additional window pane adds a layer of protection against heat loss or heat gain. Furthermore, some multi-paned windows usually have the space between the panes filled with a gas such as krypton or argon. These gases usually boost the insulating properties of the windows, something that usually goes a long way towards increasing the energy efficiency of the home.
One of the main points of energy loss in windows are the gaps that form between the new window and the window opening. These gaps usually lead to air drafts that tend to accelerate the rate at which the home loses heat during the cold seasons.
An easy way of preventing this heat loss is to ensure that the replacement window is a perfect fit. For example, if your replacement window is square-shaped, make sure that the window opening is a perfect square by using a tape measure to ensure that the distance from the top right corner to the bottom left corner is the same as the distance from the top let corner to the bottom right corner.
Also, getting the new window perfectly-fitting trims and double-checking the shims for bulges will go a long way towards eliminating unwanted drafts. Any existing spaces can thereafter be filled with fiberglass and expanding foam to ensure an airtight seal.
You can then use a candle to ensure that your new window installation is perfect. To do this, simply hold a lit candle next to the window edge. If it flickers, it means that there are existent gaps that need to be filled. And if the flame doesn't flicker, then you have a gap-free window installation.