Learn How and Why Replacing Your Windows Makes Them More Energy Efficient

Learn How and Why Replacing Your Windows Makes Them More Energy Efficient

Learn How and Why Replacing Your Windows Makes Them More Energy EfficientOne of the most appealing features of modern windows? Efficiency in terms of energy use. “Lower your monthly energy expenses and aid Mother Earth!” you’ve probably heard. “Windows have a fantastic return on investment!” and “Windows have a fantastic return on investment!”

But first, let’s take a look at the hard science. When people claim windows are energy efficient, what exactly do they mean? And what about the science that backs it up? To put it another way, your windows serve as barriers. They keep the cold out in the winter and keep the cold in the summer.

So, what gives them the authority to do so? And why is it possible that one sort of window is better at it than another? Keep reading for the answers and then contact Progressive Insulation & Windows at (800) 500-6200 if you would like an estimate of how much your new windows will cost.

Let’s speak about heat transmission for a moment

We all know that your hot coffee will eventually return to room temperature, even if you were asleep in science class the day the principles of thermodynamics were discussed. The ice cubes in your drink are likely to melt on a hot day. Heat transfer is the term for this occurrence. A well-constructed window works as a thermos, reducing heat transfer.

The glass and the frame are the two components of a window. Because glass takes up so much area, it has a significant impact on heat transport.

Scientists have been working on window glass for a long time. A single-pane glass window allows 85 percent to 90 percent of heat to travel through in both directions. Only 67-73 percent of heat flows through when the glass is doubled. If you double that by three, you’ll get to 57-65 percent. You can’t get too wild, though, because the window may become too heavy to open.

Why not change the glass itself? Scientists discovered that baking a small amount of tin or silver oxide into the glass made it more comfortable to live in. Solar energy is reflected by metal. The norm is two coatings of silver per window, but if you’re really serious, you can have three. At the top end, triple silver low-e reflective coating allows just 2-5 percent of heat to flow through. Impressive.

What about the substance that secures the glass in place?

Assume it’s a hot day, and you come across a gleaming metal park seat. You’re not going to sit on that thing—you’d burn your bottom. Park seats made of wood are even more appealing. Metal is a bad option for window sash material since it transfers heat. Metal window frames are approximately twelve times more energy efficient than wood window frames.

Wood and metal windows, on the other hand, do not have weather stripping. They’re still not the finest choice for encasing your glass. You’ll have a drafty window if you don’t use weather stripping. The great break-through substance is vinyl. Vinyl framing is four times more energy efficient than wood framing. Weather stripping can be included directly into the vinyl. It’s not necessary to utilize adhesives that will degrade over time.

Let’s condense all of that new science jargon into one huge show-stopper sentence: The most energy efficient windows are manufactured using insulated vinyl frame material and glass with silver oxide-based low emissivity coatings to reduce heat transmission. Take a look at the large brain you have on you.

To get started, reach out to Progressive Insulation & Windows at (800) 500-6200.

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