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February 21, 2014

Further Improve Your Home With Energy Efficient Windows


When most homeowners consider going green, it is typically appliances that will first come to mind. It is the possessions throughout one’s property that notoriously drain huge amounts of energy such as washers, dryers, and water heaters. What many may be surprised to hear is just how effective energy efficient windows have become in recent years. For those that are currently deciding if these new windows are right for their own home or would like to know the difference between styles, here is a closer look at this exciting new addition into the environmentally conscious field.

How Do They Work?

While there are countless designs for replacement windows, the energy efficient styles work in a much different fashion than traditional windows. Most energy efficient products come with two or more panes along with a treatment or coating on the inside. This design not only helps to decrease the draft throughout a home, but it also will block UV rays from entering into the inside of the structure.

Saving Money with Energy Efficient Products

As with all other energy efficient products, the primary purpose of these windows is to cut down on the electrical and gas consumption of a home. By adding a second layer to the window and blocking UV rays, the air conditioning and heating units of a home will have a much better chance at regulating the temperature. When replacing older windows, these newer options may also help to decrease air entering or escaping the house through cracks. Finally, the UV protection will cut down on sun damage to possessions inside of the home such as paint, flooring, and furniture.

Styles of Energy Efficient Windows

There are a number of styles and designs that homeowners will be able to choose from, much like traditional windows. Common replacement windows can range from bay designs to slider designs and come in a wide variety of colors and sizes. There are also three different forms of technology that can be used including extreme low E, ultra triple pane, and ultimate triple pane. Extreme low E is typically the most popular due to their cost-to-benefit ratio while ultra triple pane and ultimate triple pane block 10 percent and 17 percent more UV rays respectively.

Whatever style or design is chosen, homeowners will almost immediately begin to see the benefits of these energy efficient products with lower heating and cooling bills.

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September 6, 2013

Need Energy Efficient Windows?

New technology has been emerging over the past few years with newer innovations with energy efficient windows. Low energy windows typically come with either two or three window panes. The space in between the panes are filled with an argon gas used in the welding process. Argon gas is very popular in the manufacturing of multiple window panes because if how inexpensive it is. This allows the window to be more efficient in maintaining a constant atmosphere throughout the whole room. This is done with what is referred to as the U value or factor, which is responsible for the window’s resistance to heat flow.

There are many advantages to installing energy efficient windows:

The reduction of U.V. rays that can damage your carpet, walls, and furniture from the solar.

25% to 50% saving on energy costs from heat loss. It is estimated that a home owner can save up to $600 in one year on cooling and heating costs with replacing older less efficient windows.

There are a number of types of windows available:

• Single hung

• Double hung

• Picture

• Bay

• Awning

• Slider

• Casement

What to look for when choosing energy efficient windows:

• The lower the U-factor the better for homeowners in colder climates.

• Low Solar heat gain coefficient or SHGC reduces the heat in warmer climate.

Both SHGC and U-factors should be considered when the home is exposed to both hot and cold seasons.

Windows with an AL or air leakage rating of 0.03 or less is ideal for reducing the quantity of air that is lost during assembly of energy efficient windows.

For more information on window installations in the Bucks County and Montgomery County area, call us today! (215) 322-0110 or email us at: sales@tricountyexteriors.net
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