(This post is the second installment of a two-part series on energy efficiency as it relates to window replacement. You can find part 1 here: http://www.rbahouston.com/2-part-blog/energy-efficiency-part-1-windows-for-comfort-and-savings/)
The first part of this series discusses the importance of having high-quality replacement windows and the three factors that make them so great. Our replacement windows have a lot of benefits, one of which is helping to improve the energy efficiency of your home. But there are misconceptions about energy efficiency that may cause you to have second thoughts about getting window replacement. To help you make an informed choice, let’s talk about common energy efficiency and window replacement myths and why they’re not as accurate as many people think.
Myth 1: The best way to be energy-efficient is through an energy audit.
Energy audits are a valuable tool. But like any tool, they need to be used for a specific purpose. Conducting an energy audit merely shows you what needs to be done. You still need to go out and do it. Studies show that in a regular one-story house, up to 22% of heat loss occurs through windows. If an audit shows that your house is losing heat through your windows, you must get window replacement in Katy, TX, before you can see any benefit.
Myth 2: Energy efficiency means using less energy.
Energy efficiency is not energy conservation. While energy conservation involves using less energy, energy efficiency involves using the same amount of energy you use now, but in a more productive manner. An example of energy conservation is reducing the use of your air-conditioning in the sweltering Texas summer. While it may conserve energy, it will also lessen indoor comfort and air quality.
Energy efficiency, on the other hand, entails making sure that energy is used productively. Similar to conservation, energy consumption is reduced. However, this is because you need to consume less energy to retain the same level of comfort. Energy efficiency is a way to make the most out of what you already have or use—you don’t have to give up anything.
Myth 3: Energy efficiency is an expense.
The truth is energy efficiency is an investment. You have to think of it in the long term. While replacement window installation in Katy, Texas, will cost you a little today, it helps to improve various aspects of your home as well as your comfort well into the future. Our replacement windows are beautiful, durable, and low-maintenance.
With our replacement windows, you no longer need to spend a lot of time or money in maintaining them. They provide you with time and resources you can use for the things that really matter in life. Additionally, the energy-efficient features of our windows can help cut your utility bills by up to 25%, savings that will eventually recoup your initial investment.
So is striving for energy efficiency really unnecessary? We all consume natural resources. With energy efficiency in mind, we make sure that these resources are being used productively that we end up consuming fewer resources.
Now that you know more about energy efficiency, it’s time to take the next step. Replacing your old windows and those that are not energy-efficient with Renewal by Andersen® units is a good start. With them, you can save money, help the environment, and improve the energy efficiency of your home.
If you want to learn more about our windows or if you want to schedule a free estimate, feel free to give Renewal by Andersen of Houston a call today at (281) 547-6177.