Reduce Energy Use With Better Windows

by Alex Omelchenko of Apex Window Werks

Environmental awareness and clean living are currently a hot topic, especially when it comes to energy and how to reduce energy use in the home.

This article will discuss how the wrong kind of windows can be a major source of heat loss and therefore energy loss in your home, which can over time lose you money.

Windows are a major source of heat loss in your home, so it is important to try to reduce energy use by using the right kind of installations.

So, what are the advantages and disadvantages of different kinds of windows? A basic window consists of windows, a frame and some sort of covering, like blinds or curtains. How can we make these components better insulators and budget savers in the long term?

Frames

Having the right window frame can make a massive difference.

  • Wooden frames are not terrible insulators, yet they are more susceptible to water, rot, insects, etc., and require regular maintenance.
  • Aluminium frames are resilient and easy maintenance but they let heat transfer through them very easily, and thus are poor insulators.
  • Vinyl frames provide the best of both worlds, in that they require no maintenance and are less prone to heat transfer and loss.

If you are on a tighter budget, simply ensure that there are no leakages, gaps or cracked panes and consider installing storm windows, which help to reduce air movement in and out of closed windows.

Panes

  • Single pane windows are very inefficient insulators.
  • Double or triple-paned glass windows are far more efficient at retaining heat inside and keeping cold air out.
  • There are options like argon-filled windows, where the argon gas acts as an incredibly effective insulator.
  • Although costly, the recent invention of low E (for emissivity) glass, which contains a clear metallic oxide coating to ensure heat stays in during winter and colder weather and out in summer, are extremely effective at preventing heat loss.

Another option is window tinting. Tinted windows can keep out most unwanted hot or cold air adding to the efficiency of your windows. If you don’t like the way it looks, consider applying tints to less visible windows.

Light flow

Let there be light!

Though it may seem obvious, keeping your curtains or blinds open during the day to take advantage of natural light, will save energy and money! Also, those hot UV rays can heat up your home during winter days, providing some warmth in the evenings too.

Read more of our blog for more energy saving tips!

Ref:

https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/storm-windows
http://glassed.vitroglazings.com/glasstopics/how_lowe_works.aspx

About the author

This article was written by Apex Window Werks, an A+ BBB home window repair company that offers their services to people located in Chicago and Wisconsin. Feel free to visit their website for more details about their services and guarantees.

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