Everywhere you turn, it’s hard to miss the energy saving advantages that replacement windows bring to homeowners. There is no denying that new replacement windows can help lower your utility bills, and it’s proven that your new investment can save you over $400 per year. This is especially the case when you’re upgrading from single pane windows to dual pane windows.
However, some homeowners may not truly understand how replacement windows save energy. This is an overview of the energy saving features of modern replacement windows, and how they work together to help lower your utility bills:
One of the first aspects to look at with new replacement windows is its glass. Long ago, windows were engineered with a single pane of glass. Although this provides protection from the elements, it doesn’t offer much in terms of saving energy.
In 2016, homeowners have the option of purchasing dual or triple pane windows. Dual windows are the most popular, which simply consists of two panes of glass with a chamber full of air between the panes. Triple pane windows came onto the market roughly 10 years ago, and they are engineered with three panes of glass and two chambers of air between the panes.
Argon and Krypton gases are invisible to the naked eye. They are inserted in between the glass panes of your windows during the installation process, and their purpose is to improve the thermal efficiency of your windows. Argon and Krypton gases are heavier than air and they are efficient at blocking energy.
Argon is six times heavier than air. However, it’s less dense than Krypton, which makes it the cheaper option. It will prevent heat from escaping through the panes of glass, which helps keep your home warmer in the winter.
Krypton gas is denser and more expensive. It’s twelve times heavier than air, which greatly increases the efficiency of your replacement windows. Most commonly found in triple pane windows, this gas will also help keep your home at a consistent indoor temperature.
Low-e stands for low emissivity. It is a microscopically thin layer that is applied to your windows in order to reduce the amount of UV (ultraviolet) light. Since the coating is thinner than human hair, the amount of natural light filtering through your home will not be compromised.
Low-e glazing helps improve the insulation of your home, regardless of outdoor temperatures and climate.
Your window’s glass, gases, and low-e glazing all play a significant role in its performance. Learn more about energy efficient windows by contacting us today at 317-547-2600.