As a homeowner, you are always looking for ways to save money. This includes lowering your utility costs as much as possible. Did you know that proper window glazing can actually help lower your monthly heating and cooling costs?
Believe it or not, your windows are one of the main things that determine the comfort level of your home. Vinyl windows are extremely energy efficient and are a more feasible option than older-style windows. Wooden windows will single panes can warp and rot. As well, your window frames will wear down which is not helpful during the harsh winters we are used to experiencing in Canada.
Colder indoor temperatures lead to higher heating costs. Over time, this can put quite a dent in your wallet. Simply switching to energy-efficient double or triple pane windows can help prevent higher energy costs not only in the winter but year-round as well.
How to Choose the Best Window Glazing for Your Home
What is Window Glazing?
Window glazing is basically another term for window glass. Windows can be designed with different types of glazing, depending on what works best for your home. As well, you can opt for double or triple panes. Single pane windows just do not offer the same type of insulation and energy efficiency as their double and triple pan counterparts.
As well, vinyl window frames do not conduct heat. In addition, today’s vinyl windows are manufactured in such a manner that no heat will be able to escape your home via the window apron, jambs, or casing. However, there is a way to take energy efficiency to the next level, thus saving you even more on your heating bills. Window glazing is an added measure of protection against extreme weather conditions.
Types of Window Glazing for Energy Efficient Vinyl Windows
Insulated Window Glazing
To put it simply, double and triple-pane windows are the most basic way to insulate your home. The glass panes are spaced apart and then hermetically sealed to prevent heat loss with a layer of trapped air.
Low E-Glass Window Glazing
Low E or Low-Emissivity glass is coated with an ultra-thin layer on the glass surface. This coating prevents harmful ultraviolet rays from entering your home while still allowing for natural light. This type of window glazing is ideal for maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature in your home throughout the year, which will save you a great deal of money on both cooling and heating costs.
This type of window glazing creates a layer of vinyl between the glass panes. Laminated glass windows are the best solution for those who are concerned with home safety and security as they are resistant to shattering under impact. As well, this type of glazing is able to withstand harsh winds, rain, and other severe weather conditions.
Similar to Low-E windows, tinted windows are also designed with an ultra-thin coating. However, at this distance, these layers changes to the window’s level of opacity in an effort to prevent light from entering the home. Tinted windows are ideal for those who do not like a great deal of natural light and prefer privacy over a great view. There are many levels of tinting available, so they can be custom-designed to your preference.
Double or triple-pane windows can be equipped with inert gases such as argon or krypton gas. These gases naturally resist heat flow and prevent condensation and frost from forming on your windows. Your home will be cool in the summer and toasty warm during the bitter cold winter months.
This is a special form of Low-E coating that is designed to filter out greater than half the amount of heat that typically infiltrates your windows. It does so by targeting specific light wavelengths and can be tweaked in order to produce specific climate or aesthetic effects.
Unsure as to what type of window glazing is best for your home? Contact the experts at WindowTech Windows and Doors for a free consultation in the privacy of your own home. You will thank us when you see the difference in your energy costs!