Energy bills are a large portion of any homeowner’s monthly expenses. Writing a check every month for the electric bill can be a bit painful, especially if it’s been unusually hot outside. For many homeowners, a sizeable portion of your income (after the mortgage) goes to heating and cooling costs. Of course, the amount you pay is determined in large part by the size of your home, but energy costs also fluctuate by season.
While it’s not possible to totally control heating and cooling costs, it is possible to cut your energy bill considerably by replacing worn-out windows with new, energy efficient windows. Energy Pro Windows in Belton, MO, is pleased to offer Insulator Series Windows by Joyce to Kansas City homeowners. These windows are not only beautiful; they reduce heating and cooling costs, making them a favorite among homeowners in Kansas City, Liberty, Olathe, and all points in between.
If you want to reduce your energy bills, it’s time to buy new windows. Energy Pro can answer any questions you have about replacing old windows, the window installation process, or how you can get started with new energy efficient Insulator Series Windows by Joyce.
According to Energy.gov, approximately 25 – 30% of a homeowner’s heating and cooling costs are due to heat gain and loss that takes place through inefficient windows. That means for every $100 you pay on your electric bill, $25 or $30 could have been saved by installing energy efficient windows. The Insulator Series by Joyce is designed for maximum energy efficiency and will help keep you and your family snug and comfortable all year long, through the cold winters and super-hot summers in Kansas City.
Insulator Series windows were originally designed using feedback from customers across the country. Joyce took into consideration the features customers were looking for, as well as their need to keep energy costs as low as possible. Fusion-welded corners, ⅞” insulated glass, and full weather stripping are the result, providing the strength and durability customers are looking for in an insulated vinyl replacement window.
Windows in the Insulator Series are made of extruded polyvinyl chloride (PVC for short), which has become the industry standard because of its durability and thermal capacity. It’s also nearly maintenance-free! Homeowners looking to buy new windows to replace those old drafty ones should give the Insulator Series Windows by Joyce some serious consideration.
The R-value determines how energy efficient a window is. The higher the R-value, the more money you’re likely to save on heating and cooling costs. Several factors go into determining the energy efficiency, or R-value, of any window.
Number of panes. High-efficiency windows like the Insulator Series come in double- and triple-pane options. The more panes of glass there are in a window, the better the window is at maintaining constant temperatures inside the house, keep hot air out in the summer and cold air out in the winter. Using two or three panes of glass allows air to be trapped in between the panes, creating another layer of insulation.
Gas fill. Many windows, including the Insulator Series Windows by Joyce, fill the gap between panes with inert gases like argon or krypton. These vacuum-sealed gases slow down the transference of heat through the window, which means your AC and furnace don’t have to work as hard to do their jobs.
Low-e coatings. Windows in the Insulator Series use low-emittance (low-e) coatings to reflect the sun’s harsh UV rays away from the house. This keeps inside temperatures down during summer months and prevents some of the fading of furniture and curtains that often happens with older windows.
Spacers. Spacers are used to keep glass panes from bumping together within the window frame system. Chances are good that your old windows have aluminum spacers in the corners of the frame. This used to be the norm, but aluminum conducts heat, so when it gets hot outside these spacers heat up, too. Energy efficient windows now use warm-edge spacers made of better-insulating materials. These new spacers, along with the rest of the window frame components, work to keep your home comfortable year-around.
All of these factors come into play when determining the R-value of a window. All windows in the Insulator Series have an R-value of R-35 or higher; the actual R-value will depend on the glass package you choose. But even with the most basic double hung windows in this series, you should notice a cost savings.
Insulator Series Windows by Joyce have also earned ENERGY STAR certification status, meaning they’ve met all the requirements placed on them by the EPA to achieve this rating. That means these are some of the best-made, highest efficiency windows on the market. The ENERGY STAR rating system was created by the EPA to encourage manufacturers to create products that help cut down on greenhouse gas emissions and start working toward a viable solution to help save our planet. This rating is also designed to help consumers be aware of what products help in these efforts. When you see the ENERGY STAR label, you know you’re purchasing a product that’s as energy efficient as possible without sacrificing performance or durability.
Energy Pro Windows has been serving customers in the Kansas City area since 2003. We offer the very best in energy efficient windows for your Overland Park, Leawood, or Lee’s Summit home. And since the efficiency of your new windows depends in large part on how well they’re installed, we’re tops when it comes to window installation, too. Our installers all work for us – none of the work is subbed out. This means you get a top-notch installation job from professionals who are experienced, knowledgeable, and care about the end results. Stop in and visit us today so we can show you first-hand how you can reduce your energy bill with Insulator Series Windows by Joyce.