What makes a window energy efficient?
Making upgrades to your home can not only increase the value of your home but can also reduce energy costs. We all want to choose the best materials that will save money long-term. When it comes to replacing windows, finding the most energy-efficient is key to saving on energy costs.
Older homes were built with windows that were not well insulated, so if you live in a home that has not been renovated it is essential to replace them. Heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for 25%–30% of residential heating and cooling energy use.
Panes of Glass
Windows can lose energy through the glass. Newer windows are typically made with more than one pane of glass. A single pane of glass is not going to insulate heat very well. Windows with double or triple panes are a much better option to keep your home insulated.
There is space in between the panes of glass that can hold a special kind of non-toxic, odorless, and colorless gas such as argon or krypton gas; as opposed to air to be more energy efficient. They work by making it more difficult for heat or cold to be transferred through the glass.
Low-E, which stands for low emissivity, glass coatings are an extremely thin layer put onto the glass surface. This technology can greatly benefit homeowners looking to save on energy by reducing solar heat gain. It also provides protection against furniture from fading which occurs from UV rays.
A good quality frame is essential for retaining energy. There are many different materials used to make the frame such as; aluminum, fiberglass, wood, and vinyl. There are advantages and disadvantages to each; however vinyl has cavities that can be filled with insulation to make them SUPERIOR for retaining energy.
Spacers work by sealing the space between the glass panes to avoid fogging and prevent efficiency-boosting gases from leaking out. The edges of the glass pack are the most vulnerable to heat and cooling loss. Because of this, choosing effective spacers that reduce conductivity is essential for energy conservation.
The most high-efficiency window will be useless if it is not installed properly. Improper installation can result in spaces for air to travel through. To get the most out of your windows make sure you are hiring a professional. Saving your money on installation will likely cause you to spend more on utility bills.
If you are looking to replace your windows or have any questions about how to make your current windows more cost-effective then contact Installed Services. Your home will be energy efficient with our high-quality insulation keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.