Energy Efficient Windows
Save money with energy efficient glass
While energy efficient glass does come with a higher upfront cost than regular glass, installing energy efficient windows can dramatically decrease the amount of money you spend on indoor climate control. Most homeowners who sit down and do the math find that the increased price pays dividends down the road in the form of lowered energy bills. Many energy efficient replacement windows can be easily mounted in your existing frames without requiring any additional adjustments.
There are several different technologies used to make glass more energy efficient, including multiple panes and the employment of window tinting and window film. Learning more about these technologies before you start shopping will help you figure out which energy efficient window features would work best in your home.
Types of Energy Efficient Glass
Some of the energy efficient window options you can choose from include:
- Dual-pane glass. Separating two panes of glass with about a ½-inch of space between them gives you an added layer of insulation.
- Tripane glass. As its name implies, tripane glass is simply three panes, each separated by about a ½-inch. In addition to superior insulation, tripane glass greatly reduces noise.
- Argon-treated glass. Both dual-pane and tripane glass can be treated with argon, a gas which can be fused into the space between the glass panes. It will eliminate frost and provide a more even temperature distribution.
- Coated glass. You can also get coatings on your glass that will reflect heat back into your home (to keep it warmer in winter) or bounce the sun's rays off it (to keep it cooler in summer). These coatings do not affect the amount of light that enters through your windows, though you can also get window film and window tinting products that perform similarly while reducing brightness. Specially treated glass is particularly effective when used in combination with energy efficient furnaces and energy efficient air conditioners.
You can also take advantage of energy efficient vinyl windows as a cost-effective alternative to these technologies. The vinyl forms an airtight barrier that helps trap warmth during the winter and keeps hot, muggy air out during the summer.
The benefits of these windows go beyond saving money on energy costs. You'll also enjoy an indoor environment with improved comfort and superior light while reducing condensation that can damage your frames. Switching to energy efficient windows is one of the easiest home-improvement decisions you'll ever make.