From Guest Author on July 8th, 2011 in Window Replacement
Summers are tons of outdoor of fun. The only thing that can derail a perfect summer is the excruciating heat and humidity that you deal with during peak summer months. With the extreme heat comes the biggest headache of all: a steadily-climbing electric bill.
Did you know that over 80% of a window is made of glass? So, improved glass performance leads to a great reduction in cooling loss, which translates to saving tons of money on your air conditioning bill every month. That is, as long as you have energy-efficient windows installed in your home.
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Energy-efficient windows keep the warm air out in the summer and protect against the cold air in the winter, making them the ideal window type for all homes in all climates, no matter what time of year it is.
That all sounds great, but what exactly do low-energy windows do to reduce your electric bill up to 48%?
The best style of low-energy windows is EnergyStar SolarZone Insulated Glass windows, which offer the following features to shield you in the hot summer months:
- UV-filtering Low-E Glass (LG), insulating argon gas, and the Intercept™ Warm Edge Spacer System creates significant energy efficiency.
- Together they can cut the damaging effects of the sun, which can lead to faded carpets, curtains, and furniture.
- In winter, a warmer glass temperature is maintained, increasing the R-value by an additional 104%.
- In summer, a 48% reduction in solar heat gain helps cut air conditioning costs.
- The result: your monthly utility bills will reflect savings year round – and that should help make you even more comfortable.
A reduction in solar heat and cold air insulation for your home means that you will cut down on energy costs dramatically with window replacement, especially if Low-E windows are installed all over the house.
That sounds great, but how does Low-E Glass work?
Low-E glass filters long-wave radiation from the sun. This reduces solar heat gain from the sun in the summer, keeping your home cooler:
|Low-E glass takes on a new duty in winter months. It lets warm solar rays into your home, while blocking the heat in your home from getting out:|
Energy Efficiency Adds Up In Savings for You
- By adding Low-E glass to a standard insulating glass unit, you can improve the energy performance of your window year-round by 24%.
- Also, by adding argon gas filling to the window, which is a better insulator than normal air, you can increase the efficiency by another 6%.
- And lastly, by adding the Intercept™ Warm Edge Spacer System, you can add yet another 5%!
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Brian Wall is CEO of Window World Ocala, energy-efficient window replacement specialists. Window World Ocala has been installing Low-E windows for decades, and prides itself on creating and installing high-quality windows in your home that not only look amazing, but save you money in the hot summer months.