- The cost of energy-efficient windows pays for itself
While energy-efficient panes may seem expensive at first, the cost and hassle you go through getting your panes replaced with quality energy-efficient panes will pay for itself. They may work and look the same as any other pane, but the difference is in the production and performance of these panes. Now, we’ll look at a few different aspects of energy-efficient panes that make them superior to standard, more cost-effective options.
Energy-efficient panes use gases like Krypton or Argon. These gases are injected between the panes and act as a barrier for your home to the outside. These gases are essential for heat and cooling effectiveness. Keeping heat in and helping air conditioning work more effectively. Argon is six times denser than air, providing a thermal barrier helping to keep your home temperature regulated.
Low emissivity coating reflects the sun away from your home, helping heat from getting inside and affecting your in-home temperature. With low emissivity coatings or Low-E for short, your panes will absorb much less heat than traditional panes. Low-E sheets are used on windows, so they consume less than 35% of the sun’s heat. Compared to energy-efficient panes, regular glass absorbs about 84% of the sun’s heat. A benefit of these coatings is that they’re completely transparent.
Frames Also come into play when picking energy-efficient installations. While metal frames are used in the cost-effective installation, they’re not sufficient. Non-Metal structures improve their thermal performance. Many manufacturers use fiberglass inserts that are far superior to traditional metal inserts.
- Energy-efficient panes are proven to work
Often people wonder whether replacing their current panes with energy-efficient panes is worth the cost. They don’t know whether or not these windows will work as intended. They’re expecting a severe difference in their bills to help make up the difference in the cost of replacing their current panes.
Most people are unaware that heat gain and heat loss from their panes is responsible for 25 to 30% of their heating and cooling energy use. From this statistic alone, you can understand that replacing your panes with energy-efficient panes is a proven method of reducing the cost of your bills.
Many national organizations support and label panes that are considered energy efficient.
Trusting a salesperson can be difficult, but be assured when national organizations agree with your local pane replacement company.
- The process is more straightforward than you might think.
Many companies offer In-depth selection processes of your panes, and for the construction of them. There are tools tips and guides to help you along the way. We’ll go through a few here with you.
Make sure to look for the energy star and NFRC labels.
In colder climates, look into selecting gas-filled panes to help reduce heat loss.
In warmer climates, choose panes with coatings to reduce heat gain.
Choosing low u-factor rated panes offer thermal resistance. The u-factor is the rate of heat conductivity that a pane possesses.
Although we have gone through a few different factors of choosing the proper panes for your climate, this information may not be enough for you. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of various resources to explore on the subject along with many different companies offering pane replacement services. Feel free to shop around and see what works for you and your home best. Just remember buying cheaper panes is easier immediately. Going all in and buying the exact proper energy-efficient panes for your climate will save you thousands of dollars in bills.