Summer is nearly upon us, and that means that higher temperatures are on the way. It’s usually at this time of the year that you start running your air conditioner in an effort to keep your home cool and your family comfortable. Long summer heat waves can cause you to turn up the AC for extended periods of time, and this almost always leads to higher electrical bills in the summer time. It can be downright shocking to find out just how much you can easily pay over the course of one summer when it comes to air conditioning use. Fortunately, there is a way to reduce the amount of air conditioning your home requires to remain cool; energy efficient windows are designed to keep cold air in and hot air out in hot weather. These windows are a great choice if you are looking to save money on your electrical bill this summer.
How are Energy Efficient Windows Different?
Energy efficient windows are different from regular windows in the sense that they are designed for more than just looking good. They are built and installed with energy efficiency in mind and help to reduce the amount of heat entering the home in the summer and the amount leaving the home in the winter. They are designed to reduce your home’s use of energy all year round.
How do Energy Efficient Windows Work?
A primary way energy efficient windows control the amount of heat entering and leaving your home is through glazes, coatings, and tints. Tinted window glass absorbs a large amount of incoming solar radiation, reflective coatings reduce solar radiation transmission, and some types of glazing help reduce solar heat gain. Low-e coatings are microscopically thin metal or metallic oxide layers that are placed directly on the surface of window glass and work to control heat transfer through that glass.
Another component of energy efficient windows is window frames. Window frames conduct heat, contributing to the overall energy efficiency of a window. Also, how an energy efficient window is installed is very important. Poor installation can lead to air leakage and an inability to save energy. When putting in your new energy efficient windows, it’s best to have a professional handle the installation.
Which Window Type is Best?
With all the different types of windows available on the market, it can be hard to decide which one is best for energy efficiency. Hopper, casement, and awning windows generally have lower air leakage because they are hinged and are designed to press right against the frame when closed, creating an air-tight seal. Single and double-hung, and single and double sliding windows tend to have higher air leakage due to the fact that they are closed by sliding and are not on hinges, making it more difficult to form that air-tight seal.
Energy efficient windows are your best friend during the hot summer months. You can expect to see a smaller electrical bill when you decide to install new energy saving windows in your home.