Can installing new windows help your home “go green”? The short answer is an emphatic yes! Old, worn down windows and doors can account for up to 70% of energy loss in a home. To maximize your home’s energy-efficiency, roofers and contractors recommend installing new windows with the following features:
Double Window Panes With Wide Glass Areas
Windows with wide glass panes let in more sunlight, improving the natural lighting in your home and lowering lighting costs. However, a window with a wide glass pane is not without its disadvantages. For one thing, heat can easily pass through thin glass, which is why you should choose a wide double-pane window. To improve a double-pane window’s insulative capabilities, manufacturers usually fill the air space between the two frames with argon, a colorless and non-toxic gas that can block heat transfer.
In the summer, too much sunlight coming through your windows can heat up your house, causing your air conditioner to guzzle more energy to compensate. One way to prevent the heat from the sun from entering your home while still allowing natural light to pass through is to choose windows with low-E (low emissivity) coatings, which are designed to reflect heat away from your home rather than absorb it.
When it comes to energy efficiency in windows, the frame material is just as important as the glass. Avoid frames made of materials with poor insulative capabilities. It’s a good idea to ask your window or roofing contractor about which frame materials they’d recommend.
Other Factors to Consider
Keep in mind that energy-efficient windows can only do so much for your home’s energy-efficiency. If you want to go green, you’ll need to add a few more energy-efficient features, like a reflective roofing system.
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