New Windows Will Help Keep You Cool this Summer

Posted on: June 23rd, 2017 by admin

If you’re wondering how to reduce your A/C’s workload this summer and save money on the energy bill, new energy efficient windows may be the answer you’re looking for! Colorado Glass Solutions in Longmont offers a wide variety of new windows that are high-quality and energy-efficient.

According to an article by Dr. Pisupati, of PennState’s Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering, “Windows lose more heat per square foot of area in winter and gain more heat in summer than any other surface in the home. [And] the energy used to offset unwanted heat losses and gains through windows in residential and commercial buildings cost the United States $20 billion.”

Inefficient windows will allow most of the sun’s UV rays to penetrate into a room, causing the space to heat up from solar radiation. This excess heat will make the air conditioning work harder, leading to higher energy bills in the summer. Below is a graph that estimates annual cooling costs for various window types in an average Phoenix home.

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The windows that offer the lowest heating costs are double pane clear glass in a wood or vinyl frame with a low SHGC, or Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, and low-e, or low-emissivity, coating. Single pane windows in aluminum frames are the least energy efficient and will cost homeowners an average of $250 more per year in energy bills. A low-e coating is a layer of metal (only a few molecules thick) that is applied to the glass to lower the solar heat gain through the window. A soft coat is applied to inner panes because it cannot withstand the elements, while a hard coat is durable enough for exterior panes but not quite as energy efficient. There is also a product available called Heat Mirror, which reflects radiant heat while also decreasing heat loss since it is applied to a thin polyester sheet suspended between a dual pane window.

If you would like to know more about how to select the right new windows for your home or office, give us a call at Colorado Glass Solutions- we’d be happy to help!

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