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Low-E Windows | Efficient Year-Round Comfort

January 16, 2015

Windows in your home serve many purposes. Obviously they are a primary source of natural light for your home, the can be opened to allow fresh air into the home on a nice day, and they provide you with a view of the outside world from the comfort of your home, but historically windows have also been the cause of high energy bills and energy deficiencies.

During the summer months inefficient windows can lead to substantial solar gain in your home which forces your air conditioner to work harder in order to keep your home cool. If your home is located in a warmer region of the United States or the “Sun Belt” as it is known, solar gain can quickly increase your home’s cooling costs by 15% or more during the summer months while also adding unnecessary wear and tear on your homes cooling system.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, inefficient windows can also be a burden on your home during the winter months as well. Warm air inside your home is naturally drawn towards low-pressure cooler air surrounding the windows in your home. This can lead to substantial heat loss in your home during the colder winter months which results in higher heating costs to keep the temperature in your home stable.

Replacing inefficient or outdated windows in your home is a great way to improve your homes energy efficiency and reduce the amount of money spent on your heating and cooling bills each year. Most modern windows are available in range of glazing options such as double or triple glazed windows and many feature a low-emissivity coating to maximize the thermal efficiency of the window.

Low-e coatings are applied to the surface of the glass and reduce the amount of UV light and infrared light that pass through your windows while still allowing visible light to pass through clearly. There are two primary types of low-e coatings used on windows today, passive low-e coatings and solar control low-e coatings. For homes located in regions dominated by cooler climates, passive low-e windows will allow for moderate solar gain which allows warming infrared waves to enter from the windows exterior. For homes located in regions dominated by warmer climates, solar control low-e windows are designed to minimize solar gain and UV transmission keeping the home cooler on the inside.

Updating the windows in your home with the advanced technology of modern low-e windows is a great step towards increasing the energy efficiency of your home. Low-e windows can help save you money on your monthly energy bills, reduce the workload of your homes HVAC system, and help protect the carpet, furniture, and wall coverings in your home from damaging UV rays. If you are interested in learning more about energy efficient windows and the options available to you, give the window experts at HAGEN a call today or visit our beautiful showroom in Rapid City!

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