Are you in the market to purchase some new windows for your home? Whether you’re looking for a simple window replacement or new windows for a new home construction project, energy-efficient windows are the way to go. In our latest blog, we go over the features and benefits of energy-efficient windows.
Energy Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient window technology stem back to the 1920s. Over the past hundred years, window manufacturing companies have perfected and continue to perfect their energy-efficient properties. In a nutshell, energy-efficient windows prevent heat loss and gain, allowing for better internal temperature regulation. With better internal temperature regulation, energy-efficient windows help homeowners save on their monthly electric bills. Three primary energy-efficient window technology categories include multi-pane (double or triple pane), insulated glass, and Low-E coated windows.
Energy-Efficient Window Features & Benefits
Double and Triple Pane Windows
Double and triple energy-efficient windows are the fundamental feature of energy-efficient windows. Double and triple pane windows refer to the glass itself and the number of glasses set in the window. A double and triple pane window essentially works by physically doubling or tripling your home’s insulation. The added insulation helps reduce solar heat, maintain heat levels during the winter, keep homes cool in the summer, and reduce outdoor noise pollution.
Insulated Gas Windows
Insulated gas windows are set with insulating gas units (IGUs) such as krypton and argon. These gases are inserted between glass panes to help further decrease and prevent thermal energy from entering the home. While double and triple pane windows may be sufficient for reducing heat gain and loss for some homes, windows with IGUs may be more appropriate for others. IGU windows are perfect for homes that experience freezing winters or intense summers, stabilizing home temperatures all year round.
Double pane and triple pane windows and windows set with IGUs can be further enhanced with low-emissivity glass or Low-E coatings. Low-E coatings are thin metallic oxide coatings that can significantly lower heat gain and transfer and reduce UV rays. UV rays are responsible for fading in home furnishings. Low-E coating can help reduce up to 70% of heat and 95% of UV rays compared to your average window. Low-E coatings are invisible to the eye, and while they are great at blocking heat and UV ray, they still allow natural lighting to illuminate your home.
Energy-efficient windows are a must-have in every home. Energy-efficient windows allow homeowners to keep internal temperatures regulated without overrunning their HVAC system. This, in turn, helps homeowners stay comfortable all year-round while saving on their monthly electric expenses. Still not sure which window selection is right for you? Reach out to us today. We’ll be happy to pair you with the right set of windows fit for your needs and budget. Call at 626-359-3600 or click here for assistance.