“Energy-efficiency”, or “energy-efficient” has become a bit of a buzzword in the industry over the past few years. In a scramble to see higher returns and lowered utility bills, a slew of DIY solutions and miracle coatings have become a staple of internet ads and late-night television. Despite all these miracle energy-savers, there is truth in one claim: energy-efficient windows can save you big bucks on home heating.
Done properly, utilizing energy-efficient products can see demonstrable returns, both in the comfort and cost of maintaining your home. One such method we at Shanco wholly endorse is the use of energy-efficient windows. Installing the proper windows in your home can reduce energy costs by up to 20 percent, and have a distinct impact on maintaining comfortable temperatures (a point that is becoming more important than ever with the impending winter!)
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What Is an Energy-Efficient Window?
An energy-efficient window can come in a slew of varieties, and is generally available in all of your standard materials. What makes the window efficient has more to do with the structure, and treatment of the glass. Energy-efficient types include:
- Double or triple-pane windows. Double and triple-panes (also known as insulated glass units, or IGUs) improve the insulation factor of your windows dramatically. The secret is in the sealed gap between panes, where oxygen, argon or krypton is built in to insulate against thermal transfer. This means they keep a cool house cooler, and a warm house much, much warmer.
- Low-E glass. Low-emissivity glass has been treated with a glaze that resists thermal transfer, assisting a home or business owner in maintaining the temperature of your home by reducing air bleed and energy transfer.
- Material. The material that makes up your window also plays a role in conserving your warmth this winter season. Many types offer similar energy-efficiency, such as fiberglass and wood, but metal frames are highly inefficient and can create thermal bleed.
Choose Energy-Efficient Options this Winter
The winter months often spell higher utility costs for home and business owners both. Being appropriately prepared can mitigate this issue, and by taking the right steps, the problem can become non-existent. Older windows offer none of the advantages of current energy-efficiency treatments, regardless of how well they’ve been maintained.
All of the factors mentioned above should be taken into consideration for the absolute best results. Fully treated, energy-efficient windows are a bit more of an investment, but the savings over time pay for themselves without a doubt. You can reduce the cost of maintaining the temperature of your structure by 20 percent (maybe more, depending on the size and shape of your space).
Install Energy-Efficient Windows with Shanco
The specialists at Shanco Windows have led the industry in skill and knowledge on energy-efficient windows and treatments, offering our consumers the very best technology can provide. Contact us today to learn more about how our experts can save you on utility costs this winter!