Energy efficient doors and windows have become an important, some might even say necessary, part of a modern home. Climate change and environmental science are making people more conscious of their home’s carbon footprint, and the amount of energy they use to heat and cool.
Additionally, the cost of heating and cooling our homes is growing, especially as governments introduce carbon regulations and pricing designed to curb energy use. If you are thinking about investing in energy efficient windows and doors, and you are wondering how they work and what makes them so efficient, below are some things to keep in mind.
Energy efficient windows and doors use a low-emissivity glass known as “low-e” glass which helps to block out 90% of the sun’s UV rays. This allows the windows to keep heat inside the home when you want your home warm, and cool inside when you want your home cool. Glazing options for these windows include tints and reflective coatings.
Most energy efficient windows use a 100% polymer free structural foam as window insulation instead of just metal. This lowers the rate of heat loss and makes the window even more efficient. They also keep your windows condensation free.
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Double and Triple-Paned
Energy efficient windows are also either double or triple-paned. This does even more to protect against UV rays and radiation. With triple-paned glass, 97% of UV rays will be blocked out, meaning your home will remain at a more comfortable, and more naturally thermoregulated temperature, all year round. It also works to prevent things inside your home (such as fabrics, wood, and paint) from fading.
Saving Money and the Environment
The ultimate aim of energy efficient doors and windows is to make is possible to cut down on your energy consumption, both for your own sake and for the environment’s. The more central heating and cooling you use, the more your home costs you to run, and the more energy demands you put on the grid and the environment.
There is really no reason not to have energy efficient doors and windows in the 21st century. Weather patterns are becoming more unpredictable, the climate is changing, and the amount of temperature adjusting that has to go on in our homes is going to continue to grow. Keep the above advantages of energy efficient doors and windows in mind, and do what’s right for your home, your bank account, and the environment.