There are many window options available in the market, so for homeowners, it can be a bit challenging to know what to look for in a high-quality, energy-efficient window. One of the major aspects of a replacement window that you should look for is the glass that is used to make the windows. At first, all window glass might seem to be the same, but there are some factors that differentiate glass and that can affect its performance and your overall HVAC costs. When you cool your home in the summertime, or when you heat it during winter, cold or warm air can easily escape through windows that are not installed properly, or if they are in need of repair, but they can also be less likely to contain your desired temperature if the windows are made with regular glass.
In order to solve this problem, you should invest in energy-efficient window glass. Let us take a look at what makes this specific glass energy-efficient, and how it can help you reduce your HVAC costs!
ENERGY-EFFICIENT GLASS: WHAT IS IT?
This glass is special because of its ability to return much of the cold or warm air that is bounced against it. It is often insulated with argon gas which is kept between two, sometimes three, separate panes. Energy-efficient glass does not look different from the regular glass, so you do not have to worry about how it can ruin or alter the look of your windows.
HOW CAN IT SAVE YOU MONEY?
If you install energy-efficient glass in your home, you can expect cool air to stay in during summertime and heat from your furnace will do the same in the winter. In summer, you get to have plenty of sunshine all throughout the day. UV rays penetrate regular window glass, thus, heating your home more. Energy-efficient glass, on the other hand, is designed to keep UV rays from passing through your windows, making it easier to cool your home without having to overwork your air conditioner; it also cuts down your electric bill! Regular window glass is not built to perform at these levels, so it will eventually let cold or warm air to escape your home, costing you more in terms of cooling and heating your home.
IS ENERGY-EFFICIENT WINDOW GLASS THE FIX YOU NEED?
If you want to do a quick test to determine if energy-efficient windows are the best option for you, here is a good test you can do. Since the warmer months are here, and the weather is already getting warm, stand near one of the windows in your home. See if you notice the air around your window being a little bit warmer. If it does feel warmer, that is likely because your window glass is not really doing a good enough job keeping cool air in and warm air out. If you, however, decide to upgrade to energy-efficient windows, it is the best way to start making sure that your home is able to maintain your desired temperature – no matter what the season is! In addition to that, you also get to have a lower HVAC costs all-year round!
So, what are you waiting for? Make the switch now! If you want to know more about energy-efficient windows, contact the experts of George Kent Home Improvements Ltd. today! We are always happy to help you out.