Energy efficient windows are an effective way to significantly reduce your heating and electrical costs. The design of these windows ensures that they are completely air tight, so when they are closed, your climate control is much more economical. If you are looking to install energy efficient windows, there are some important factors you should consider. To assist you in your final choices, we have prepared a guide to energy efficient windows.
There are various types of energy efficient windows, so if you are choosing to replace your existing ones, it is important to select the type that best suits your style and will benefit your lifestyle the most. Here are some of the different types of energy efficient windows and frames:
Aluminum or Metal: Although a metal or aluminum frame is very low maintenance, it is not the best selection for insulation, as it can very quickly heat up. If you choose a metal or aluminum frame, ensure that you have a thermal break – an insulating plastic strip placed between the inside and the outside of the frame and the sash.
Composite Frames: A composite frame is composed of wood products such as particle board. They are very durable, and have the same thermal ratings as wood frames, but are more resistant to decomposition and mould.
Fibreglass Frames: FIbreglass is one of the best materials for insulation, as it has air cavities that can be filled with insulation. It is also very structurally stable, resulting in less deterioration over time.
In addition to frames, there are different types of glass to choose from. Here are some examples of the types of energy efficient glass.
Insulated: Insulated windows commonly have two or more panes of glass. The glass panes are strategically spaced apart to allow an insulating air buffer between them. This space reduces the U-Factor, as well as the SHGC. This ensures high efficiency, making this type of glass one of the best.
Low Emissivity Coatings: Although a low emissivity coating is 10-15% more expensive than other energy efficient options, it can be the more cost efficient option in the long run; with a proven reduction of energy loss by 30-50%! The coating is a metallic-oxide layer, invisible to the naked eye, that allows for high, medium, or low solar gain. This makes your home temperature more comfortable, prevents your fabrics from fading, and saves you energy costs.
Gas Fills and Spacers: Radon and krypton are odourless, clear, and non-toxic gasses
that are added between the panes of glass to reduce heat exchange, and maintain the
distance between the panes. They also allow the glass to fluctuate more when under pressure, and prevent moisture build up.
Selecting the correct type of frame and glass will ensure that you get the best performance from your energy efficient windows, while maintaining or improving the structural composition of your existing windows.
Your home is a reflection of your personality and lifestyle, so the windows you choose should not only be efficient, but also represent your decor choices. Energy efficient windows come in many different styles, shapes, and designs, so to assist you in making your decision, here are some of the different options to choose from:
Double Hanging Windows: This style combines a traditional look with modern benefits. The windows are designed with a double sash, allowing them to open both on top and bottom simultaneously. They are also designed to flip, for easy cleaning purposes!
Casement Windows: With a crank opening in either direction, these windows are very popular in current architectural design. The simplicity of opening them allows for great ventilation and cleaning, and are designed to seal tighter during windy conditions.
Choosing the right style of windows for your home will not only maximize your energy efficiency, but it will also upgrade the curb appeal, increasing the value of your property.
Regardless of the type or style of windows you choose, no window is completely energy efficient until it has been properly sealed and waterproofed. When installing your new windows, ensure that you or the installation team completes the job by using a silicone caulking and weather stripping. This will ensure that your windows are sealed properly the first time, saving you energy costs for years to come.
Installing energy efficient windows is the perfect way to save on energy costs and update the exterior and interior look of your home. Choosing the correct windows, frames, and sealants are important factors to consider, so be sure to use the guide above will help you make your final decision on what you install. For more information on energy efficient windows, visit the Mosaik Homes Blog.