Energy Efficient Windows
Energy efficient windows are a requirement in new homes and are starting to replace windows in older homes. They provide maximum lighting and ventilation while keeping the heat out in the summer and provides warmth in the winter. They will also keep the cost down, in the long run.
If you are on a strict budget there are ways to improve the energy efficiency. You can use caulking around the windows, weatherstripping, and use window treatments or coverings.
If you are looking for new energy efficient windows to help keep the warmth in during the winter, you will want to look at the Low-emissivity (low-e) window glaze rating. The low-e coating will help control any heat from leaving the room and keep it circulating.
Some manufacturers will also fill the gap between the two panes (as shown in the photo) with argon or krypton gas. This gas has a higher resistance to heat allowing the warm air to stay inside.
Insulated window glazing is also one of the best options for energy efficient windows and applies to windows with two or more panes of glass. The glass panes are spaced apart sealed. These insulated window glaze primarily lowers the U-factor.
Any of your windows can be energy efficient, whether you are on a budget or looking to upgrade your home. There can be a lot of factors when deciding which energy efficient window is best for your home, like vinyl or wood framing, style of window, if your house faces east, west, north or south, just to name a few.
If you are looking for a professional opinion, 1st Choice Home Solutions offers free estimates and inspections. Contact us today by email or call, 519-268-6331. We also have a showroom with various styles of windows to look at.