We all want to save money where we can, right? Well, did you know that the glass around your home can greatly influence how much you pay on your energy bill? Energy-efficient glass may be more to install initially, but the long term savings will see you quickly recoup your investment. Saving money is not the only benefit that energy-efficient windows can provide either. Here’s why you should consider them for your home.
What are energy-efficient windows?
Before we delve into how great energy-efficient windows are, we should explain what they are first. Put simply, they are a modern type of window and are made using high-performance glass, hardware and frames. They offer significant protection against heat gain and loss.
Why should I install energy-efficient windows?
Lower energy bills
Around 40% of the energy used in your home is consumed from heating and cooling. Energy-efficient windows can save thousands of dollars in wasted energy.
Insulates your home more effectively
Ordinary windows provide little to no insulation benefits meaning your heating and cooling has to work harder and for longer than it normally should.
Not as prone to condensation as regular windows
Energy-efficient glass types maintain a warmer surface temperature which reduces condensation forming on your panes. Constant condensation can lead to mould outbreaks which are not only unsightly but bad for your families health.
Get the most from your solar if you have it
Having energy-efficient windows and solar can see you reduce your electricity bill further.
People install double glazed windows to boost energy efficiency and to minimise noise from people talking, traffic etc. They can reduce noise transmission by up to 70%.
UV protection which prevents fading furniture and carpets
Traditional glass allows UV rays to penetrate through the panes which can fade carpet, furniture and furnishings causing premature damage. Energy-efficient glass blocks some of the UV rays whilst still letting in ample light.
Using less electricity is better for the environment and greener products like these can help you reduce your carbon footprint.
Can increase the value of your home
More and more people are conscious of their energy consumption and are looking for ways to reduce the amount they use. Fitting your home with eco-friendly hardware is a sure-fire way to add value to your property and makes a great selling feature.
Which glass is best for my home?
Deciding which glass type is best for your home depends on the climate where you live. For instance, if you reside in a part of the country that experiences cold winters, the main objective is to obtain and retain heat within the home. For those in warmer regions, they will want to keep heat out. The two climates are broadly defined as heating and cooling climates: Here are some choices for both
A suitable option for those in cool climates is double glazed windows with a Low E coating. They work by allowing heat to infiltrate through the glass into the home and prevent it from escaping out.
A suitable option for those in warmer climates is single glazed windows with a tint on the outside of the pane of glass. These types of windows can successfully reduce damaging UV rays and heat from transferring into the house.
It’s more than just the glass that needs to be considered
For ultimate efficiency, all parts of the window must be effective at minimising heat and cooling loss. For example, if you have energy-efficient glass fitted yet your window framing is old and drafty, you’re not going to reap the full cost-saving benefits. Using quality glass, frames and weather seals will give the best results.
Some effective glass options include:
Low-e (low emissivity) glass has a clear coating that protects the home from excessive heat loss or gain. The coating is transparent and doesn’t affect the aesthetics of the pane.
Double Glazed Windows
Double glazed windows are made up of two panes of glass with a slight gap between them which provides an insulation barrier. This reduces how much heat is lost from your home and how much enters. Installing this type of window is an effective way to minimise your energy consumption.
Triple Glazing Windows
Triple glazed windows are similar to double glazed the difference is 3 panes are used instead of 2. They work extremely well and keep the home warm in winter and cool in the summer.
Gas is put in between panes of glass and then sealed. They are great at preventing condensation and slow down the rate heat passes through the glass.
There is no denying the numerous benefits that energy-efficient windows can provide and while they may be more expensive than the standard type they can save you a substantial amount of money in the long run. Not only that, quality windows keep your family safe and comfortable. If you are building or looking to replace the existing glass in your home, our team of professionals here at True Blue Glass can help. We have a range of energy-efficient solutions on offer and can sit down with you to discuss which options may be best suited to your home and budget. Get in contact today to organize your free quote or check out our website for more information.