The Importance of Energy Efficient Windows
When selecting new windows for a home, appearance is often the first consideration. The initial cost is the next issue: Which window with your favored style will cost the least? By just looking at the outward appearance of a window it is hard to understand why one would cost more than the next. The cost of a window depends on durability and the quality it will bring to your home in terms of being energy efficient. Windows are thermal holes. On average a home can lose 30% of its heat or air conditioning energy through its windows.
Choosing windows that are energy efficient save you money each and every month of the year. The higher initial cost can be offset because you will probably need a smaller, less expensive heating and cooling system.
The lowered maintenance and replacement costs are another reason why choosing quality window’s is the way to go.
What is Low E?
Low Emissivity glass is a special type of glass that has been coated by a microscopic layer of metallic atoms, making the glass more resistant to heat transfer without affecting the look or feel of the window. No other coating has a greater impact on reducing heating bills and improving the overall comfort of a home.
How does it Work?
The Low E coating reflects long wave heat radiation off your window and back into your home, keeping the heat in. Because of this, the glass feels warmer and eliminates the cold, uncomfortable feeling by your windows during the winter time. This coating allows short wave heat radiation (solar) to enter in reducing heating costs. Low E is also known to reduce the amount of harmful UV rays entering your home that cause fading of interior finishes.