Have you ever wondered why your energy bill is so high even if you have a perfectly working HVAC system and good home insulation? Have you ever considered that your windows might be the culprit? Windows and doors are notorious for losing energy. In fact, air leaks around windows and doors could contribute to major heating and cooling loss of up to 30%. If you do the math, it’s like you are literally throwing money out the winder. This is why homeowners must consider replacing their windows. Although a window replacement will cost a few hundred up to a couple of thousand dollars, the aesthetic value and energy-efficiency will be worth it.
But how do you distinguish an energy-efficient window from others that are not? That’s what this article is all about. Read on to know the differences between a single-pane window and others that have two or more layers of glass as well as those that are filled with gas. However, let’s start with understanding the units of energy efficiency.
How newer windows could improve your home’s energy efficiency
Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) and U-Value
If you have ever shopped for new windows, you will notice a bunch of technical jargon in the label. Among these values, you will find either SHGC or Solar Heat Gain Coefficient and U-Value. Lower values mean less heat enters and exit the house through the windows. The next time you shop for a Myrtle Beach window replacement, check the label.
What options are available?
Basically, a double-paned window is a window with two panes of glass. There’s air in between which acts as another barrier that restricts heat transfer. It’s a basic design but works efficiently. They are also cheaper and more affordable. However, there are other options that are far more efficient but have a higher price tag.
A three-paned window, on the other hand, has three panes of glass. You can choose between air-filled windows or gas-filled ones. The added layer of glass works to prevent the transfer of heat in both directions. Repairing these kinds of windows, however, is not the easiest task.
Coatings and Gas Injections
There are also different types of coatings that can be applied to the outer or inner side of the window for added insulation. Argon gas is also used as insulation and injected win between the window panes. Although energy-efficient, these types of windows are hard to repair. Since they are sealed shut, window repair is almost always destructive or not an option at all.
Who can install the windows?
Unlike your traditional windows, newer models need to be installed by a professional like MBHS Windows, Doors & Enclosures. If you require windows and doors services, always call a trusted professional. The installation of the new windows must be done perfectly to avoid any leaks that could defeat the purpose of having energy-efficient windows.
Are you ready to upgrade your windows? Hire a window contractor that you can trust. Call MBHS Windows, Doors & Enclosures today! You may reach us at (843) 492-4516.
MBHS Windows, Doors & Enclosures
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577