Most of the time, we tend to focus on our bathrooms and kitchens during home renovations. This is because these are considered key spaces in a house, and upgrades in these areas usually add value to it.
But, interestingly, we forget that windows are an integral part of almost all spaces in a house, and they can boost a home’s aesthetic, energy efficiency, and overall real estate value.
Not only do visually attractive windows boost a home’s curb appeal, but opting for energy-efficient options can also add value to a home while making it more comfortable.
Here are ways certain windows can make a home nicer to live in.
A lot of us prefer to stay indoors during the summer to escape the scorching heat. But what’s the point of sitting indoors if your home is still hot because of the non-energy-efficient windows?
Ideally, your windows should have an SHGC—solar heat gain coefficient rating—of 0.25 or less for adequate energy-efficient performance. So, if you’re upgrading, make sure to choose energy-efficient windows that can help to keep the room temperature well regulated during the hot summers.
Energy-efficient windows, especially with lower U-Factor, work as better insulators keeping the heat at bay. The U-Factor indicates the insulation strength of the window and ranges from 0.20 to 1.20. Unlike R-value in which the higher the number indicates more effective wall or attic insulation, the lower the U-Factor, the better window insulation.
The SHGC measures how much of the sun’s heat comes through the window. It can range in value from 0 to 1. The lower the SHGC, the less solar heat the window lets in.
There are a number of large window options that have gas-filled double panes that can deflect most of the heat from the outside. In most cases, the weather and the outside glass may be hot, but because of the gas insulation, the inside window feels cool to the touch.
Plus, the clear glass allows plenty of natural light and great views for you to enjoy while indoors. It’s a total win-win situation, especially if you live in a hotter climate.
If you live in the city, then you know all about noise from traffic and lawn care equipment. Double-paned windows have two pieces of glass and gas in between, so they’re able to absorb noise from both the inside and outside of your home. They make your home quieter because they keep the outside noise out, and they make your home more private by keeping the inside noise in.
Windows are a key feature to consider during home construction or remodeling, but it’s crucial to pick the right ones.
At Freccia Group, we help our clients make their homes more energy efficient by finding window options that match the overall aesthetics of their renovation.
Get in touch with our home remodeling experts in Round Rock, TX, to learn more.