Obviously windows are going to be the easiest escape for air in your home compared to the insulated walls surrounding them, but there are ways to make sure your vinyl windows are more energy-efficient! If you are in the market for custom replacement windows, keep some of these glass options in mind:
1) Glass coating: Low-E is a thermal layer that allows for optimal energy savings,
In the summer, Low-E helps block unwanted solar heat penetration to help cut air-conditioning usage. In the cold winter months, Low-E insulating glass reduces heat loss by reflecting warm air back into your home. In addition, Low-E filters out ultraviolet rays that can fade carpet, furniture, artwork and painted or stained wood.
2) Glass panes: Each pane of glass in replacement windows is held to a 2mm standard. Choosing thicker, double-strength glass will help to prevent your glass from cracking or breaking. Choosing between single, double and triple-pane glass will allow your windows to have different levels of insulation as well. Gas layers inserted between the panes of glass add insulation and decrease energy loss (also known as the U-Value or U -Factor) of multiple pane windows.
3) Argon gas is a colorless, odorless, nonflammable, nontoxic and above all, safe inert gas that is heavier than air. When the air between two window panes is replaced with argon gas, the energy efficiency of the window increases. These gases are sealed off between the layers to ensure that your home stays comfortable and efficient for years to come. Additionally, it acts as a sound barrier to help make your home quieter.
4) Look for the ENERGYSTAR® certification on your replacement windows. This means these windows meet the performance guidelines that promise energy savings that will make a difference. Visit the ENERGYSTAR homepage for energy star rated products and guidelines.
Ask the experts at Alside® about all of these options and for more tips on how to make sure you are receiving the best ROI from your replacements windows. Your Alside Sales Representative can help you choose from a variety of ClimaTech® insulated glass packages to meet the ENERGY STAR requirements for your home and climate zone. These combine Low-E, argon gas and the Intercept® Warm-Edge Spacer System with double-strength glass to keep your money in your pocket, not your energy bills.