Oct 13, 2023

Windows that save energy and money 

When choosing windows for your property, it’s important to consider more than just how they look. There are many things to think about, but one thing that is very important is energy efficiency and how this is going to affect your property all year round. By finding and utilising a trustworthy and skilled window manufacturer, you will notice a huge change in terms of saving both energy and money.

What are energy-saving windows?

Energy-saving windows are windows that are constructed in such a way that they are designed to reduce the amount of energy that you will use to heat or cool your home. How do they work? Well, most energy-saving windows are coated in a type of glass called Low-E glass, which stands for low emissivity. This means that the window has a coating on it that is designed to reduce the amount of infrared and ultraviolet light that passes through it, all the while the normal light that we see ‘natural light’ will still pass through and brighten your home. The reduction of infrared and ultraviolet light means that less heat passes or is conducted through the glass.

Some energy-saving windows don’t use Low-E glass but rather use a technique called double-glazing. These windows have two panes of glass with a gap between them that is filled with gas, which provides an increase in the amount of insulation that the window has. Some advanced double glaze designs use argon gas with an increased insulation power, and there is also triple-pane glass which can contain krypton gas, providing yet further insulation.

What exactly will the savings be?

Typically it is almost always more expensive to install these advanced window types, but they will provide a benefit in energy savings that will last for much longer and ideally outweigh the initial construction costs. It’s impossible to dictate exactly what it might cost and what you might save without knowing the intricacies of your home situation, but expecting a 30% reduction in the energy lost through your windows is on the conservative side. It’s also important to consider the long-term impact energy-saving windows can have on the environment, changes to your home like energy-saving windows and other eco-friendly changes in your home are essential to make this world greener.

Of course, there is always the possibility of using a government rebate to defray a large amount of the cost of the window installation. Much like solar and other green initiatives around the house, many governments are eager to support construction in this regard and offer generous rebates.

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