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If you are on a mission to upgrade your home with energy efficient replacement windows this year, hopefully you are doing some research to learn about your options. You’ll find that there are a lot of bells and whistles that come along with energy efficient windows. However, you’ll also learn that some windows don’t include any of these features at all—and this checklist will help you keep the most important priorities in order.

Before you move forward with investing in new energy efficient windows, keep this handy checklist at your side:

#1: Dual or Triple Pane Glass

Do you know how many panes of glass are present in your new window? Long ago, single pane windows were the primary option for new home windows. However, it quickly became evident that these windows simply aren’t that great for saving homeowners energy---let alone keeping your home more comfortable.

Dual pane was introduced to the market several decades ago. Since then, dual pane windows have become the standard option for homeowners. While dual pane is energy efficient, triple pane windows take energy efficiency to an entirely new level with an extra glass chamber.

When shopping for new windows, be sure that they are dual pane at the very least. Spring for triple pane if budget allows, which may increase your bill around 15%.

#2: Argon or Krypton Gas

Did you know that the most efficient replacement windows have invisible gas between the panes? Cutting corners on this option will dramatically reduce the performance of your new windows.

Argon and krypton gas are denser than air and inserted between the glass panes during manufacturing. They are responsible for keeping your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Argon is the less expensive option, and it’s primarily found in dual pane windows. Krypton is denser than argon and works best in triple pane windows.

Keep in mind that very cheap windows often don’t include these gases. While this helps you save money initially, your energy bills will likely be much higher during the winter and summer.

#3: Low-E Glazing

What’s the lowdown on low-e? Low-e is an invisible glazing that is about the width of a human hair. It’s also applied to the glass on your windows during the manufacturing process. This glazing helps reduce the amount of harmful UV rays that enter through your home. The sun’s rays may damage belongings such as furniture, carpet, and more.

#4: Certified by Energy Star

Above all else, be sure that your new windows include an Energy Star certification. Only the most efficient windows are certified by this government-backed program, which helps homeowners make smart choices when upgrading their home with new windows.

To learn more about the characteristics of energy efficient windows, be sure to explore UniShield® windows from Universal Windows Direct.

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