If you are on a mission to upgrade your home with energy efficient replacement windows, you’re making a wise investment. However, you’ll find that there are a lot of bells and whistles that come along with energy efficient windows. But what technologies matter the most for new windows?
If you want to make your home more energy efficient with new windows, these are the smartest technologies to consider:
1. Dual or Triple Pane Glass
Long ago, single pane windows were the primary option for new home windows. However, it quickly became evident that these windows simply aren’t that great for saving homeowners energy—let alone keeping your home more comfortable.
Dual pane was introduced to the market several decades ago. Since then, dual pane windows are the standard option for homeowners. While dual pane is energy efficient, triple pane windows take energy efficiency to an entirely new level with an extra glass chamber.
When shopping for new windows, be sure that they are dual pane at the very least. Spring for triple pane if budget allows.
2. Argon or Krypton Gas
Did you know that the most efficient replacement windows have invisible gas between the panes? Cutting corners on this option will dramatically reduce the performance of your new windows.
Argon and krypton gas are denser than air and are inserted between the glass panes during manufacturing. They are responsible for keeping your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Argon is the less expensive option, and it’s primarily found in triple pane windows. Krypton is denser than argon and works best in triple pane windows.
Keep in mind that very cheap windows often don’t include these gases. While this helps you save money initially, your energy bills will likely be much higher during the winter and summer.
3. Low-E Glazing
What’s the lowdown on low-e? Low-e is invisible glazing that is about the width of human hair. It’s also applied to the glass on your windows during the manufacturing process. This glazing helps reduce harmful UV rays that enter your home. The sun’s rays may damage belongings such as furniture, carpet, and more.
4. Certified by Energy Star
Above all else, be sure that your new windows include an Energy Star certification. Only the most efficient windows are certified by this government-backed program. This helps homeowners make smart choices with energy efficient windows.
To learn more about the characteristics of energy efficient windows, be sure to explore our house window options from Royal Home Improvement.