3 Window Options That Can Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Posted on: 26 July 2016

Your windows are one of the biggest reasons that you end up wasting energy every single month, mostly because they can allow your air conditioned or heated air escape, which results in you have to turn on your air conditioner and heater on more often to keep yourself and your family comfortable. Listed below are three options that can help you make your home and windows more energy efficient. 

Energy Efficient Windows

One of the easiest ways to keep your home from wasting energy via the windows is by investing in energy efficient windows that are designed to provide better insulation. These windows will keep the cooled or heated air in your home for longer while also keeping the hot or cold exterior air from getting into the home as quickly.

A great option to keep your home better insulated is to consider a window with two panes of glass. This option will often have a type of gas, usually argon or krypton, trapped between the panes glass due to the high insulating properties of those gasses. Another option is to consider an energy efficient window that utilizes a coating that blocks infrared light, which results in hot air being unable to get into the house in the summer or out in the winter. 

Electrochromic Glass

Another option to consider to make your home more energy efficient is electrochromic glass. This type of glass uses electrical currents to become darker on demand, which makes it ideal for blocking out the sunlight in the spring or summer.

This is very useful as sunlight entering your home can easily cause the temperature to rise and force you to turn your air conditioner on more often to compensate. However, when an electrochromic window is set to its darkest, the amount of sunlight that it blocks is about 98%, which can greatly cool down your home and lower your air conditioner use. 

New Window Frames

Finally, you will want to make sure that you consider replacing your window frames as well in order to make your home more energy efficient. The reason for this is that your home's window frames are usually not very well insulated or are not made out of insulating material. When you are replacing your frames, consider utilizing fiberglass for its insulating properties and the fact that you can get hollow fiberglass frames filled with foam insulation.

For more information, contact a window contractor in your area.