Know All You Can About the Most Energy Efficient Windows

Your windows can be either a drain on your home’s energy usage or help with savings. With the right windows and a little planning, you can make sure it’s the latter. Here’s a breakdown of what makes the most energy efficient windows for your home.

Window Materials

Energy efficient windows are made of low-emissivity glass. They’re coated in a thin film which, while still transparent, reflects heat rather than absorbing it while also blocking UV rays. They’re also double-paned, with two panes of low-e glass that’s vacuum-sealed with argon between them. The argon acts as an insulator to bring the glass down to room temperature. By reducing disparate temperatures between your windows and your home, it eliminates drafts.

The material of the window frames also helps with insulation. Wood is the most efficient material, though it requires a bit of maintenance. Vinyl also keeps your home cool and reduces air leaks. Finally, aluminum, while not quite as good an insulator, is strong and weather-resistant, making it ideal for hurricane weather. By getting a frame with an aluminum shell and a wood or vinyl interior, you can have the best of both worlds: protection and insulation.

Other Factors of the Most Energy Efficient Windows

Materials aren’t the only factor in making the most energy efficient windows. Size and placement also come into play. Large windows or glass doors will let in much more sunlight than smaller windows. Additionally, windows facing south get more heat than those facing any other direction. If you have large, south-facing windows, consider shades or blinds to block out the heat during the day.

It’s also important that your windows and window frames be installed properly. Low-E glass won’t be as effective if your windows leak, letting hot outside air into your home in the summer or cold air in during the winter. Leaky windows can even cause water damage to your home. Hire a professional to put in your energy efficient windows to ensure it’s done properly.

For help getting the most energy efficient windows, contact us at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating. We provide quality home-comfort solutions for Martin, Palm Beach, and Indian River counties.

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