Once you have determined that your windows need replacing, the next step is to choose the window that will offer the best value for your investment. “Doing your homework” is especially important at this stage, because windows can be the single greatest cause of inefficient energy consumption in a home!
Windows make up an estimated 10% of the surface area of your home, yet they can be the source of as much as 40-50% of the heat lost or gained! With fuel costs on the rise, keeping energy bills down has become an important consideration for homeowners. Most windows now feature insulated glass units that do a much better job of regulating temperatures than the single-pane glass of the past. Insulated glass has many benefits, including reducing condensation in the panes and keeping your home cozy throughout the seasons.
Another way to combat energy loss is to add optional Low-E glass to your windows. Low-E (low emissivity) glass provides year-round comfort as well as energy and cost savings up to 35%. Two thin, transparent metallic coatings applied to the glass selectively filter solar radiation. Low-E glass reflects heat back to its source, keeping your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Low-E glass can also reduce UV ray transmission by more than 80%, greatly reducing fading of your furniture, floor coverings and window treatments. The coating has almost no effect on the view through the glass, allowing clear visibility to the outside.
Whether you’re planning to build a new home or upgrade the current windows in your existing home, choosing a high-performance glass option will increase the overall energy efficiency of your home and save you money on heating and cooling costs. Let Huff ‘N Puff provide the knowledgeable guidance you need to choose the best window glass options! For service in the Capital Region, Upstate New York and spanning across the Hudson River Valley, contact Huff ‘N Puff today.