Benefits of new energy efficient windows

 

Benefits of New Energy Efficient Windows

In this post, we take a look at the benefits of having new energy efficient windows.

Those old windows could be doing you more harm than good when it comes to heating and cooling your house. Replacing your old windows with new energy efficient windows will benefit you by reducing monthly energy costs and saving you a lot of headaches in the future.

Here are a few of the benefits to consider about replacing your windows:

Monthly Savings

Having old single pane windows could be costing you a lot to warm and cool your home. Without the modern insulation of energy efficient windows, the warm/cool air you’re paying for leaks out of your home.

Window makers have made vast improvements over the past few decades. It is now possible to have lower heat loss, less air leakage, and warmer window surfaces. Low-E coatings and Argon gas filled panes will not only help insulate your home but it will help you feel more comfortable by maintaining desired temperatures.

Related: FAQ’s about window replacement answered

Improved Comfort

Without modern insulation older windows won’t provide much comfort. Older windows create drafts in the winter and overheat the house in the summer.

During colder weather, the glass surface temperatures are driven down below the room air temperature, how low the temperature drops depends on the insulating quality of your window. Even if the rooms air temperature is comfortable the cold glass surface can cause discomfort. The same can be said about warm weather as well, warm windows on a hot day can cause discomfort.

Newer model windows now have double and even triple panes that help insulate your house from the elements. Energy efficient replacement windows filled with Argon gas provide better cold weather insulation in the winter and Low-E coatings help prevent a range of sunlight from entering your home in the summer.

Reduced Condensation

Condensation can be a serious problem, especially in rooms with higher humidity levels. Kitchens and bathrooms are usually the biggest culprits for collected moisture. Moisture collects in the air before condensing on cold window creating streaks and puddles of water. The increased presence of water can cause mold and mildew to form which can damage your home and valuables.

Energy efficient windows can significantly reduce the amount of condensation in your home. The insulation that helps maintain indoor temperatures also keeps the surface temperature above the threshold that attracts moisture from the air. While moisture is unavoidable, if necessary you can also use fans or dehumidifiers to help control the humidity levels.

Related: How to prevent mold from growing on your windows

Easier CleaningSlide-n-Swing-Slider Window Cleaning

All windows occasionally need to be cleaned, however, newer options make cleaning less of a chore. New replacement windows make cleaning much easier, double hung windows are now designed to flip down to provide easier access to the outside surface. There is no more need to break out your rickety old ladder to clean your windows.

UV Protection

Organic materials like carpets or fabrics, paper, artwork, paints, and wood may fade over time when exposed to sunlight. Single pane windows can’t filter light that damages your property and deteriorates your belongings.

Energy efficient windows now come with special coatings that filter UV light to help prevent these harmful effects. While they may not completely block all of the ultraviolet rays they can reduce the transmission to less than 1%.

Related: When should you get replacement windows?


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The Benefit of Low-E Glass

Most vinyl replacement windows, including those available from Green T Windows, feature low-e glass, but what is low-e glass and why is it beneficial for your home?  In very basic terms, a material that has low emissivity (low-e) absorbs and emits a low proportion of radiant thermal heat or energy while reflecting a much high proportion.  New windows generally have film coatings to give them lower emissivity which contributes to less heating and cooling loss and better energy efficiency within a home.

All materials have an emissivity value which ranges from 0 to 1.  Materials with a low-e value absorb small amounts of heat while reflecting most of it and materials with a high-e value absorb most of the heat and reflect poorly.  Emissivity values represent the percentage of energy absorbed so a material with an emissivity value of 0.05 absorbs 5 percent of the energy while reflecting 95 percent and a material with a high-e value of 0.90 absorbs 90 percent of the energy while only reflecting 10 percent.

Naturally, glass has a very high thermal emissivity value, but applying special thin film coatings to the glass can give it a much lower emissivity value.  Low-e glass reflects a high percentage of radiant energy and keeps excess heat from transferring to the other side of the glass.  Therefore, low-e glass windows help keep heat inside the home during the winter and reflect the heat from the sun while allowing the light in during the summer to keep the home cooler, ultimately leading to more efficient energy usage and lower bills.

All of the vinyl replacement windows available from Green T Windows feature low-e glass to provide improved energy efficiency.  The low-e coating also reduces water spots for easier cleaning and maintenance.  Contact Green T Windows to learn more about the benefits of low-e glass and our vinyl replacement windows.

Stay Cool in the Summer Heat with Our Vinyl Replacement Windows

When the hottest weeks of the summer hit, many seek refuge in their own homes with air conditioning. Air conditioning alone generally accounts for around 10% of yearly energy costs and leaky, inefficient windows can cause cool air to seep out which will force the air conditioner to work harder and result in higher energy bills. Replacing old windows with more efficient windows can help lower energy costs and increase the efficiency of your air conditioner, keeping your house cooler in the summer. The replacement windows from Green T feature Low-E glass and vinyl frames which help increase cooling efficiency by reducing heat radiation and leakage.

All of the replacement vinyl windows available from Green T Windows are Energy Star qualified and feature Low-E glass. Low-E, or low-emittance glass, reduces the transfer of heat into a home by cutting out solar radiation which can account for up to 2/3 of total energy loss. An almost undetectable layer of metal or metallic oxides in the glass helps reflect heat radiation while allowing the light from the sun to pass through. Therefore, a room can still fill up with natural light without being warmed up by heat radiation, resulting in more efficient cooling and less work from the air conditioner.

Replacement vinyl windows can also help increase the cooling efficiency of your air conditioner this summer by forming a tight seal to reduce leakage. Windows with a poor seal allow air from inside a home to seep out which can lower the efficiency of heating and cooling. Vinyl window frames form a better seal between the glass and the frame than wood or metal frames and they last much longer. By forming a tight seal, vinyl replacement windows reduce leakage which will help keep in the cool air during the summer as well as the warm air in the winter.

If your energy bills are rising this summer due to inefficient cooling, vinyl replacement windows could help increase your energy efficiency. The majority of cooling loss is through radiation and leakage and vinyl replacement windows alleviate these problems with a tighter seal and Low-E glass which cuts down on radiant heat. Contact Green T Windows to discuss the benefits of vinyl replacement windows and get the most out of your air conditioner to stay cool in the summer heat.