ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN YOUR HOME
Windows, insulation and siding are often the first steps in updating your home to become more energy efficient. New insulation helps make your home more efficient by better retaining the desired temperature of enclosed spaces. When used in conjunction with appropriately sized heating equipment, new insulation will help you save on utility costs, conserves non-renewable fuel sources and provides greater comfort throughout your home.
Before selecting new windows for your home, we can help you determine what types of windows will work best and where to improve your home's energy efficiency. We can help you understand the energy performance ratings of windows so you’ll know what energy performance ratings you need for your windows based on our Seattle climate and the home's design.
ENERGY STAR® has established minimum energy performance rating criteria by climate. However, these criteria don't account for a home's design, such as window orientation. New windows can increase the look and functionality of your home, but well-insulated windows also separate your home from extreme exterior temperatures, reducing adjustments required by your heating and cooling system. This translates to lower energy costs for you. New windows also offer optional UV protection, which guards against damage that can occur to inside walls, furnishings and floors from solar heat and harmful rays.
How does home performance make your home “green”? The goal of home performance is for every house to be comfortable, safe, durable, and energy efficient, and have good indoor air quality. Most green building programs award points for building durability, indoor air quality, health, safety, and energy efficiency. Without building science and performance-built homes, we would have no truly green building programs!