Sure, you could run your AC constantly during the dog days of summer, but with central air costing up to $300 a month at peak times, you may want to explore alternative ways in which you can keep cool. Replacement windows are a great idea, especially when you consider that drafty windows contribute up to 25 percent of a home’s energy loss.
One of the most common reasons homeowners install new windows is to save on energy. But how exactly do windows keep your home cool in the summer?
Vinyl Frames Provide Insulation
Vinyl window replacement is the best upgrade you can make when it comes to cooling off this summer. Today’s vinyl window frames feature chambers for extra insulation. Through the insulation of these pockets, it makes it that much more difficult to allow cool air in the home to escape through the window frames. Vinyl frames reduce heat transfer, making them energy efficient, to be sure, but also easy to maintain.
During the summer, the sun tends to beat down on your window frames and cause fading. One way to help avoid this is to invest in high-quality vinyl frames that can resist heat better than other materials. Untreated wood windows fall victim to extensive fading during the summer. Yes, you can re-paint wood window frames when they fade, but this becomes a vicious and time consuming cycle every few years to maintain your home’s curb appeal.
Low-E Reduces Heat Transfer Through Glass
Low-e, short for low emissivity, is one of the best ways you can reduce heat transfer through a window. This colorless and odorless application is thinner than a human hair and is applied to the glass during the manufacturing process, helping you keep cooling costs low during the summer.
The Department of Energy says heat is transferred in three ways: convection, radiation, and conduction. Low-e keeps your whole home cooler by controlling heat transfer through conduction, which is the heat that travels through solid objects such as roofing, entry doors, and walls. Heat is transferred mainly through the window’s glass unit, but low-e blocks the heat from coming through.
Argon and Krypton Gas: Extra Insulation
Argon and krypton, two odorless and colorless gases, can be inserted between the glass panes when the window is being manufactured. Both of these gases are denser than air, although krypton tends to be denser than argon.
They both provide excellent insulation properties that keep your home at consistent temperatures year round. When these gases are combined with low-e glazing, the temperature of the window is brought closer to the temperature of the home’s interior.
Professional Window Installation is a Must For Energy Savings
Even the most energy efficient windows will not keep your home cool if they haven’t been professionally installed. Incorrect installation leads to many problems, mostly energy loss. That’s because energy can leak out through areas such as the frames, sash, and the part where the sash meets the sill. Locking the window will help to make an airtight seal, but even the smallest mis-measurement can make it feel too warm in the summer even when the AC is running.
Keep Cool by Getting in Touch Rescom Exteriors
Now is the time to replace your windows if you’re looking forward to a cool summer this year. Contact Rescom Exteriors today for your free quote and to book a consultation.