Large Windows and Energy Efficiency
If your home’s HVAC system appears overworked due to your windows, it might not be the size that’s the issue. Contrary to common belief, large windows can indeed be energy-efficient if crafted from the right materials and installed properly. Whether you’re considering upgrading to large windows or replacing existing ones, this post will guide you through everything you need to know to achieve energy efficiency with larger windows.
Large windows often get a bad rap for increasing energy consumption and utility bills. The key to ensuring energy efficiency with large windows lies in addressing insulation, glass enhancements, frame materials, and proper installation. Here’s what you need to consider:
1. Window Style:
- Opt for fixed styles like picture windows for larger openings.
- Consider hinged windows like casement or awning windows for functionality.
- Hinged windows provide a secure seal, minimizing air leakage.
2. Frame Materials:
- Wood Frames: Offer excellent insulation, preventing external heat or cold from affecting indoor temperatures. Available in various colors for aesthetic flexibility.
- Fiberglass Frames: Durable, low-maintenance, and cost-effective. Provides insulation similar to wood.
- Vinyl Frames: Low-cost, low-maintenance, and resistant to warping. Acts as a poor conductor of heat and cold, reducing energy transfer.
3. Glass Enhancements:
- Consider double or triple-pane windows for improved insulation.
- Low-emissivity (Low-E) coatings can help regulate heat transfer.
- Gas fills, such as argon or krypton, enhance thermal performance.
Investing in replacement windows for energy efficiency is a smart decision. Shield Building Products also offers hurricane impact windows and doors that not only enhance your home’s value but also contribute to energy savings. Contact us today to explore our range of energy-efficient window solutions!