Energy Efficiency – Five Key Things To Consider
1 – Superior Frame Materials
Aluminum: While not as expensive as other window frame types, aluminum windows tend to be less efficient.
Wood: With custom finishes available to match just about any design and style, wood certainly offers an attractive and more classical look. Keep in mind, wood windows do require regular maintenance as far as staining and painting, and may not offer the insulating capabilities that you get with other window types.
PVC: A popular choice both for their price point and their low maintenance, these vinyl windows are becoming increasingly available in a broad range of colors and styles. As far as energy efficiency, they are filled with a polyurethane insulating foam. Some even give you the option of custom painting the frames.
2 – Low-E Glass: extra protection
Very important for the protection of the window itself and also for the home’s overall energy efficiency, “Low-E” is a type of coating with which windows are glazed that helps to reflect infrared and UV light. This means that the window performs better in terms of locking heat in and preventing damaging rays from ruining furniture, flooring and more.
3 – Multiple Panes
Single pane windows are rarely used anymore, as double or even triple pane have come to be the standard. With a gap in between that is filled with either air or gas, the insulating properties of the window unit skyrocket. We carry both double and triple pane options for maximum energy performance.
4 – Gas Fill
Now available with argon or krypton fill, our double and triple pane window products have gotten even better in terms of energy efficiency. Odorless, non toxic gases that help to drastically cut down on any heat conduction in the space between glass panes, gas fill for windows has really become the norm.
5 – Spacers
When you think about insulation in terms of a window, it is important to note that spacers play an integral role in ensuring that heat transfer and subsequent loss is minimized. Maintaining the distance between the panes and also insulating along the edges, spacers need to be of a durable material. Our window products feature both stainless steel and foam spacers depending on window line and budget.