Nowadays, it’s hard to discuss home upgrades without hearing the phrase ‘energy efficiency’. This is especially true when you’re researching replacement windows. You probably already know why energy efficiency is important, but as a quick reminder, it helps cut down on energy usage which is better for both the planet and your wallet. What you still might not know, however, is exactly what makes windows energy efficient. While there’s different ways that replacement windows can be crafted to cut down on heat transfer, the most common features are:
Multiple Panes of Glass
Heat can almost pass right through older windows with one single pane of glass. For better energy efficiency, your windows should have two or three panes of glass.
In addition to having multiple panes of glass, there should also be some sort of air or gas between the panes, such as argon or krypton. This makes it virtually impossible for any heat transfer to occur.
To complete the energy-efficient glass trifecta, you’ll want to seek out low-emissivity coatings. These low-E coatings can be either outside or inside the glass unit and reflect outside heat and light from the sun.
It’s just as important for the frames of your windows to be energy-efficient as it is for the glass. You should seek out window frames made from a sturdy material, and, if they are hollow, they should also insulated with some type of foam fill for optimum thermal performance.
If you’re looking for replacement windows that boast these energy-efficient components, you can find them at Homestead Remodeling. Contact us today to learn about having our incredible replacement windows installed on your Minnesota home.