As we look at the increasing unpredictability of weather patterns across the country, “going green” has become more important than ever. We all need to do our part, no matter how small, to help slow down (and eventually reverse) the effects of climate change.
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At the same time, increases in severe weather has homeowners searching for new ways to protect both their properties and loved ones. Thanks to advancements in home design and building materials, it’s now more possible than ever to protect your home while minimizing harmful impacts to our planet. One of the more affordable and eco-friendly ways to do so is by installing impact windows.
So how will installing impact windows help you “go green?”
Increased Energy Efficiency
In addition to being better for the environment, impact windows can also save you money on monthly energy costs. Traditional windows often let in unacceptable amounts of cold air in the winter and heat during the summer. These drafts cause your home’s internal heating and cooling units to run longer as a result. This excess usage drives up your energy costs, and is simply wasteful!
By installing green impact windows, you reduce air leakage, no matter the season, which keeps your home’s indoor temperature stable. This reduces the need to constantly run your HVAC unit which saves on fuel, power usage, and brings down your monthly energy costs. Impact windows, which are dual-layer with a special membrane in-between, encased in sturdy frames, can produce between 5 and 15 percent in total energy savings each year.
Impact windows rely on strong framing for their durability and longevity. Many high-quality options use aluminum or steel – both of which are excellent candidates for recycling. A 1999 report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stated that most PVC products, like the vinyl frames in most traditional windows, are sent to landfills or incinerated. Less than one percent of vinyl is recycled in the United States!
By choosing impact windows with recyclable materials, you’ll be ensuring your purchases come from materials that will experience a second life, thus reducing both waste and pollution.
Support of “Green Design”
While the use of sustainable, long-lasting materials in home construction has skyrocketed in recent years, they have yet to become “the norm” when building and renovating properties. As an eco-conscious consumer, selecting products like impact windows helps push the idea, both economically and socially, that minimizing pollution and decreasing consumption should be done in any and every way possible!
By choosing impact windows, you’ll help to continue popularizing green products over traditional ones. When one person makes smart choices, even when it comes to construction purchases, it creates an example for others to follow. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve installed impact windows in a home and a neighbor will come and ask about why they should too. The conversation usually ends with “I want those too!”
Next Steps to Take
Green impact windows can have a notable impact on your home's energy footprint. When combined with other home improvement methods, you reduce waste and consumption on an everyday basis. When buying green impact windows look for well-known name brands that are Energy Star certified to ensure you're getting windows that meet rigorous green energy standards. When selecting an impact window installer, it’s important to ask the right questions. I highly recommend you check out my guide “5 Questions You Need to Ask Your Impact Window Installer Before Hiring.”
If you live in the South Florida area and would like more information on installing impact windows and doors, or if you’re looking to begin a new renovation project, contact our team today at Alco Windows and Doors. My company is veteran-owned and always involved in participating actively in our community. Contact us for a free consultation or visit our website to learn more about impact windows and impact doors.
About the Author:
Luis Alvarez is the founder and owner of Alco Windows and Doors. Coming from a family with more than 15 years of experience in the glass and glazing industry, Luis used his background knowledge to found a company dedicated to providing quality service and support for those looking to protect their loved ones from severe weather. A retired veteran who served in the Marine Corps, Luis uses his military experience to effectively run Alco. His attention to timeliness guarantees efficient installations focused on meeting planned deadlines. His background in preparation and organization ensures flawless window and door projects, no matter the job size. His leadership experience promises a “job well done” mindset from every member of the Alco team – from salespeople to installation professionals. A graduate of Florida International University with a degree in Mathematics, Luis takes time to give back to the community by serving as an adjunct professor at Miami Dade College. He believes homes are built around people supporting one another, and his dedication to his home in South Florida ensures Alco Windows and Doors will always put the customer’s safety and satisfaction first.