Older homes will typically have single-pane windows since designers were more concerned with letting light in than completing your home’s insulation envelope to create a separation between your home and the outside world. But window technology has evolved a lot over the last few years. In order to reduce your heating and cooling costs, you need to install windows that are designed to be energy efficient. Look for multiple panes and reflective window films.
How Multiple Panes Help
When you choose windows with multiple panes of glass, you need to remember that the number of panes is not as important as what is between them. If manufacturers simply sandwich atmospheric air between the panes, they will not be as efficient as they could be. You should instead look for windows that contain noble gases. These gases are denser than air and, therefore, allow less heat to pass through them. Argon-filled windows are common, but krypton-filled windows will offer even better energy-efficiency. On the other hand, krypton gas is much more expensive than argon, so you will have to decide for yourself if the potential energy savings justify the higher purchase price. Another thing to consider is that even windows filled with a noble gas cannot stop the sun’s rays from passing into your home.
The sun’s UV rays are what is responsible for heating up your home during the summer. In order to stop these gases before they increase the need for cooling in your home, you need energy-efficient window film. Such film will screen out the sun’s UV rays, and by so doing help to reduce your cooling costs by up to 23%. The right window film can also reflect heat back into your home during the winter and reduce your heating costs by up to 25%.
When you are looking for energy-efficient windows, it will become a matter of what window technology you can afford with your budget. If you cannot afford windows that are filled with a noble gas and include window film, then start by buying gas-filled windows. You can add window film down the road as you have money to do so. Whether you place the film on your own, or hire someone to cover your windows for you, installing window film is a much more manageable cost than buying new windows. Once you see how much energy efficient windows can cut your utility bills, you will be glad you have them.
For more information and window options, talk with a window company, such as Gulf Coast Builders Inc.