Most homeowners have heard about energy saving windows for the home and how great they can be for energy efficiency, but do they really have a big impact on the average home? Absolutely they do. According to the National Resources Defense Council, as much as one-third of all heat loss in winter is attributable to inefficient windows. Imagine what that means in terms of heating bills.
But wintertime isn’t the only season when inefficient windows can make a big difference. During the summer, air conditioners have to work hard to counter the heat coming through basic windows. Ordinary windows allow high heat gain in the home, especially on sunny afternoons.
How to Save Energy with Efficient Windows
If your home currently has single-pane windows, consider installing energy saving double- or even triple-paned windows with spectral coating. The spectral coating allows high light transfer but low heat gain, so the summertime heat-up is minimized, as well as the more long-lasting heat from a year-round warm climate.
For cold-weather window efficiency, try using gas-filled windows with low-e coatings to reduce your loss of heat. Low-e refers to “emissivity,” which is an object’s ability to radiate heat, and if your windows do not ward off heat, it will be retained inside. Windows that are coated with a low-e substance are much better insulators, thereby allowing much more of hour home’s heat to stay trapped inside where you want it.
Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning has been serving the greater Fresno area for nearly 40 years, and we’d love to include you in our growing family of satisfied customers. For any issues you might have about home comfort and energy savings, contact us today.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater Fresno, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy saving windows and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.