The windows in your home are an investment. The money you may save with cheap windows will go directly to increased heating and cooling costs in the years to come. Though it may be more expensive upfront, opting for energy efficient windows will save you money in the long run.

Glass types vary when it comes to energy efficient windows. Standard windows with a few panes of glass between the casements have the lowest energy rating and only meet the bare minimum requirements of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). There are better options for energy efficient windows.

Low emissivity or low-e glass is one of the most popular and versatile building materials today. Low-e glass is coated with an invisible metallic oxide that reflects heat without blocking out sunlight.

Gas-filled windows are another option when considering energy efficient windows. Gas-filled windows fill the space between the panes with an invisible, odorless and non-toxic gas such as argon or krypton. These inert gases increase insulation value.

Tinted windows not only help control AC and heating but they also reduce UV rays by 90%. During a home improvement remodel, many homeowners put tinted windows in the living room to cut back on glare.

When shopping for energy efficient windows consider using Window Buyers Guide, an informative and efficient platform for finding the perfect window. When installing windows, call a general contractor you can trust. Call Mihalko’s General Contracting. We’ve been serving our neighbors in the Johnstown PA, Latrobe PA, and Altoona PA area for over 34 years.

Leave a comment