The average home loses up to 30% of its heating and cooling efforts without energy efficient replacement windows. Inefficiency can be attributed to a variety of factors, such as poor installation, outdated technology, single pane windows, and/or poorly seal doors. Most homeowners are well aware of the inefficient surroundings their windows and doors. Fortunately, there have been monumental improvements in window and door energy efficiency over the years.
Energy Efficient Technology
The most distinguishing feature of energy efficient replacement windows are Low-E technology and a gas-filled (argon) double pane window. Low-E stands for “low-emissivity”. This favorable coating is designed to block ultra-violet light and heat from the sun, while still permitting large percentages of visible light. Double pane glass that has been argon-filled provides excellent insulation. This helps to keep the warmth in during the colder months and the heat out in the warmer months. Remember also that pvc, upvc or vinyl is a great insulator in Southern Ontario. Energy efficient vinyl windows are infinitely cheaper than their equivalent in wood as they are mass produced and the material is more conducive to insulate and therefore, be energy efficient.
When you talk to the energy efficient window companies and purchase a new door or window, there are two measures of efficiency that should be taken into consideration. The U-value of a door or window is the measure of the loss of heat. The SHGC or Solar Heat Gain Coefficient is the measurement of how well a specific product blocks heat from the sun. For both of these measurement standards, the lower the number the higher that product is ranked in efficiency.
If you have older windows and doors in your home, there is much to gain by installed products that hold a higher efficiency. The increased style and comfort of your home will help you save money on your utility costs, while looking great. You and your family will love the experience of the difference of a comfortable home. If you enjoyed this article, you might like this one too.
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