Features To Look For In Energy Efficient Replacement Windows

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Shopping for new windows is an important process. Your windows are one of the biggest ways you can improve your home's efficiency, which will affect your budget for years to come. Look for these features to maximize the benefits of your investment.

Extra Panes

The greater the difference in temperature between the outside of your home and the inside, the harder your HVAC system will have to work in order to maintain the temperature. While your walls are better natural insulators than are your windows, the insulation works on the same principle as using multiple panes of glass. Insulation works by creating multiple small chambers. It is more difficult for temperature changes to move between these chambers than across a space made of a single material. By using two or three panes of glass, window manufacturers create a similar effect.

To increase the insulative value of having multiple panes, manufacturers have started filling the space between them with various kinds of gasses that resist changing temperature. While there are a few options on the market, the best cost versus value option is argon. Of course, if the panes start to leak, you will lose the benefit of the gas filling. Fortunately, with just basic maintenance, your new windows will remain sealed for years to come.

Additional Insulation

The window panes are the only part of the window that can cause a temperature change inside your home. Many frames are made of materials that make poor insulators as well. While traditional wood frames are reasonably good insulators, they are expensive and require the most maintenance. Far more common are less expensive materials such as vinyl or aluminum. Unfortunately, the hollow core of these materials does little to resist temperature change, and the materials themselves are good conductors of heat.

While inexpensive windows are unlikely to do much to counteract this issue, mid to higher level options are another story. While there isn't much that can be done about the conductivity of the material itself, there are steps for taking care of the empty space. Just like using multiple panes of glass to stop temperature changes from moving quickly through space, manufacturers will fill the space with insulation. Again, those small gaps will conduct heat more slowly than an opening, relieving some of the pressure on your HVAC system.

Exterior Coatings

The last item on the list is heat coming in from sunlight. The visible part of the light is not what heats your home and damages your furniture; it is the infrared and ultraviolet parts of the spectrum that do. One way to deal with this is to keep your shades drawn all the time, but this doesn't completely stop your home from heating up and prevents you from taking advantage of the sunlight, which is the reason you have windows in the first place.

This one you can actually solve without getting new windows. You can purchase and apply films to the inside of your windows that will block non-visible spectrums of light. You won't be able to see any difference, but this will keep these rays from damaging your furniture or heating up your home. Of course, if you are getting new windows anyway, you can get the film pre-installed. This will ensure there are no bubbles in the installation process.

As you can see, these features are a great way to upgrade your home. You can enjoy lower energy bills as long as you live there, and they will be a selling point when it comes time to move. Depending on your budget, you should seriously consider including some or all of these features in your replacement windows. Keep in mind that you will get your investment back in reduced energy bills over the next few years.


14 January 2016

Exploring Contractor's Hand Tools

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