How Windows Improve Homes
Energy efficient windows have to be a priority for your home, especially during these cold winter months. Windows that are old, worn, or damaged can severely reduce the amount of comfort you feel in your home by letting conditioned air leak out of your home all day long. That’s why routinely maintaining or replacing your windows should be at the top of your list for home improvements. It’s also a good idea to take into consideration what features can make windows even more energy efficient. This is especially important since there are so many features available.
Energy Efficient Options
· Multi-Pane Construction: Multi-pane construction is practically a standard when it comes to energy efficient window construction. Multi-pane window systems provide additional barriers of glass and thermal breaks between the panes that aid in obstructing heat transfer into and out of the home.
· Insulating Gas Fills: An accompanying feature of multi-pane window systems is the potential for insulating gas fills. Gas is vacuumed sealed in between panes to provide yet another layer of insulation between your home’s interior and the outside. The types of gases most often used are Argon and Krypton, with Krypton being the premium choice due to its density.
· Low-E Glass: Insulated windows use Low-E Glass, which is a thin film made of several layers of low emissivity transparent coatings. The thin film helps reduce the amount of light and heat transferred into and out of your home. Different types of Low-E coatings are used on different window brands so it’s important to consult a window expert before investing in a brand of Low-E insulated windows.
· Multi-Chamber Frames: The multi-chambered frame design is usually found in vinyl windows. The unique design of a multi-chambered frame creates multiple spaces within the frame in which dead, drafts, and other airflow types get trapped to create a thermal break. The thermal break helps reduce heat transfer into and out of your home, giving you a more comfortable home interior all year long.
· Spacers: Spacers are an integral part of multi-pane window constructions. They are used to help keep any insulating gas from leaking out of the construction and keep the glass from moving out of place when the frame expands or contracts due to extreme weather conditions. Many types of spacers are on the market so it’s important to research which type of spacer works best. A good starting point is to stay away from windows using a metal/aluminum spacer.
Energy Efficient Window Experts
The above energy efficient window components have the potential to help immensely when it comes to energy efficiency in your home. Another great indicator of highly energy efficient windows is the Blue Energy Star label. If the windows you’re looking at have this label, then you can rest assured that it has exceeded government standards for energy efficiency. To learn more about how replacement windows can improve your home, contact CBI OKC today!