Types of Energy Efficient Windows
When having windows replacement performed, numerous home owners want to ensure that they will be getting the best value for money possible – not only on the actual replacement, but also over the long term. One of the best ways to guarantee this is to see that your windows company installs energy efficient windows. Below are a few examples of the types of energy efficient windows that can be installed by Canadian Choice™.
1. Awning Windows
When installing any form of vinyl window in Toronto, many home owners choose to use awning windows for a variety of reasons. These units are hinged on the top side and they open outwards, which not only allows for greater air flow; the design of these windows enables them to be installed higher than other styles in cases where additional privacy may be required as well. The sash on these windows closes by pressing firmly on the frame, meaning that they have one of the lowest air leakage rates.
2. Fixed Windows
Fixed units that are installed by a reputable Toronto windows company like Canadian Choice™ don’t open or close. When they have been correctly installed, they will be fully airtight, making them extremely energy efficient. These days, fixed pane windows can be purchased in single, double or triple-paned units, with the double- and triple-paned ones being the most energy efficient options. Another advantage of fixed pane windows is that they usually cost around 15% less than windows that open. However, it is not recommended that these be installed in areas where any form of ventilation may be required, such as in kitchens and bathrooms.
3. Casement Windows
These units are hinged either on the left or right side. They are known to have lower air leakage rates than some other types of windows because of the fact that their sashes close by pressing firmly against their frames. Nowadays, casement windows can be purchased in a wide range of sizes and colors, and they are usually installed over kitchen sinks or countertops where additional ventilation may be required from time to time.
4. Double- and Single-Hung Windows
Double-hung windows have two sashes, both of which slide vertically for it to be opened and closed, whereas in a single-hung, only the lower sash will slide. These windows are also deemed to be one of the most energy efficient options on the market, and they are quite affordable as well.
5. Hopper Windows
Hopper windows are hinged on the bottom side and open inwards, meaning that they will have lower rates of air leakage than some other styles of windows because the sash closes by pressing firmly on the frame in a similar fashion to awning and casement windows.
6. Triple Glazed Vinyl Windows
When performing windows replacement, not all home owners are aware of just how energy efficient triple glazed vinyl windows can be. However, these units have been designed in such a way that they help keep as much heat as possible indoors during the winter, while keeping as much heat outdoors during the summer months. Many of these units are filled with various form of gas between each pane such as argon, xenon or krypton, which is why they are so energy efficient. The gas also prevents condensation from forming between the panes as well. This is by far one of the best options for the glass panes when it comes to performing vinyl window replacement.
7. Windows That Contain Low-E Glass
Low-e glass makes use of a transparent coating that helps to minimize the amount of heat that passes through the glass, while still allowing sufficient light to enter your home. This coating is known to reduce the U-value of the window panes – the lower the U-value is, the more resistant the window pane will be to heat flow, thus improving its insulating value overall.
Taking Installation into Consideration
Although you may be purchasing a vinyl window in Toronto that is deemed to be the most energy efficient option around, this rating doesn’t mean much if the window has not been installed according to manufacturer’s requirements and recommendations. As a result, it is crucial to ensure that you hire the services of a reputable and accredited windows company like Canadian Choice™. This will enable the job to be done correctly the first time round, and it will reduce the possibility of workmanship-related comebacks to virtually zero.
Choosing the Right Window Style for your Home
Many home owners are under the impression that they will have to replace their existing windows with the same style units that are currently in place. However, this is not always the case. In many instances, it is quite possible for our team to install a different style of window in their place, especially if it is maximum energy efficiency that you are after. When trying to decide what style of vinyl window to install, it is recommended that you speak with our installation team ahead of time. They will be most willing to provide you with recommendations regarding which window style will be most practical and suitable for you and your family.
Always Compare Quotes Carefully
When obtaining quotes for windows replacement, it is essential that you compare them line for line and not just go by the end price. Too many home owners make the mistake of opting for the cheapest quote they get, only to be disappointed later on because it doesn’t include all of the components required to complete the installation – such as removal of the old window units and general site cleanup, for instance. However, here at Canadian Choice Windows & Doors™, we ensure that our quotes include everything to do the job from start to finish – there will be no hidden surprises when working with our professional installers.
Canadian Choice Windows & Doors™ is a highly reputable, accredited and reliable windows replacement company that has been in business for many years. If you are considering replacing your home’s existing windows with energy efficient units and aren’t sure where to start or what will be needed, speak to our professional team members today. They will always be willing to assist you and ensure you get the right energy efficient windows for your home.