Energy Efficient Windows for Green Housing

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Green initiatives and finding ways to save money and the environment have steadily grown in popularity over the past few years, so by now many people have heard of energy efficient windows. They’re so popular that companies who make and install them have even aired television commercials promoting was that they can be used in your home.

However, there are still those that don’t really understand how adding energy efficient windows to their home can make an impact, especially if they’re already doing things to reduce their carbon footprint within their home. Even for homeowners that are already doing their part to conserve energy, energy efficient windows are a smart decision for your bottom line and for the environment.

To really understand why, you need to know how energy efficient windows work.

How Do Energy Efficient Windows Work?

Traditional windows are very easy to understand. They’re usually hinged encasements with one pane or two panes of glass, and that’s pretty much it. Energy efficient windows are much more technically advanced.

Standard windows are commonly made from clear glass. Energy efficient windows incorporate various types of different glazes to keep the weather outside from getting into your home.

Common glazing options for energy efficient windows include double clear, double tint and low-emittance coatings. Some manufacturers also employ different types of solar resistant film within the casing to reduce heat transfer.

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Standard windows, even windows that employ two panes of glass are just that – pieces of glass with nothing between them. A two-pane window is more energy efficient than a single pane window, but it can’t really be called an energy efficient window.

Manufacturers that make energy efficient windows commonly employ the use of argon between window panes. When placed between two panes of a window, argon helps to improve the thermal performance of a piece of glass.

Traditionally, window frames are made of wood, and while wood window frames are built to and normally last for years, they don’t do much for energy efficiency within a home. That’s why many manufacturers of energy efficient windows suggest using metal window frames with a thermal break or non-metal frames with thermal enhancements.

Without getting too technical, metal window frames with a thermal break split the frame into interior and exterior components and use a less conductive material to join them, reducing heat transfer.

Non-metal frames are typically made with composite materials or materials like fiberglass designed to look like wood that reduce the amount of dead space in the frame itself, helping to reduce overall heat transfer as a result.

Different Frame Types

Traditionally, window frames are made of wood, and while wood window frames are built to and normally last for years, they don’t do much for energy efficiency within a home. That’s why many manufacturers of energy efficient windows suggest using metal window frames with a thermal break or non-metal frames with thermal enhancements.

Without getting too technical, metal window frames with a thermal break split the frame into interior and exterior components and use a less conductive material to join them, reducing heat transfer.

Non-metal frames are typically made with composite materials or materials like fiberglass designed to look like wood that reduce the amount of dead space in the frame itself, helping to reduce overall heat transfer as a result.

How Helpful Are Energy Efficient Windows?

You’ve probably heard by now that installing energy efficient windows can help to reduce the cost of your monthly energy bill by sealing in heat when it’s cold and cool air when it’s hot outside. While that’s definitely true, and replacing single pane windows with energy efficient windows could easily save you $500 each year, there is another a great benefit.

Energy efficient windows are good for the environment because their installation helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.They’ll also make your home more comfortable for you and your family because you won’t be dealing with constant temperature fluctuations like you do with single pane windows.

Energy efficient windows are a great way to reduce overall heating and cooling costs in your home and you’ll get back the money you spend in savings in a couple years’ time. However, installing energy efficient windows can also help you do your part to keep the environment clean and green.

If you already take steps to keep the earth green, installing energy efficient windows just makes sense.

 

Source: Greener Ideal

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