Keeping your home cooler in summer is easy if you have central AC. But it’s definitely not inexpensive to keep running the system all day long. In fact, running your central AC all summer can cost you nearly $250 extra each month on your energy bills. If you’re looking to save money on energy costs, or you feel like your AC system still doesn’t do a good enough job because your existing windows are old and drafty, consider installing replacement Bristol windows.
Here’s how new windows can keep your home cool this summer.
Vinyl Frames = Insulation
Vinyl window replacement is a smart upgrade to make your home cooler, especially when you choose vinyl window frames comprised of chambers for extra insulation. Through the insulation of these pockets, it’s tougher for cool air in your home to escape outwards via the window frames. And because vinyl frames help reduce heat transfer, you will enjoy a cooler and more refreshing home even during the dog days of summer.
In addition to being energy efficient, vinyl frames are also easy to maintain. When the sun beats down on the window frames, it can cause damage – mainly in the form of fading or even warping. Vinyl frames are more resistant to heat.
Low-E Cuts Down on Heat Transfer Through Glass
Low-e glass is one of the most important technologies when it comes to keeping your home cool. Low-e, short for low emissivity, is designed to reduce heat transfer through windows. Virtually colorless and odorless, this application is thinner than a human hair and is applied to the glass during the manufacturing process. This application can keep your cooling costs lower during the summer.
According to the Department of Energy, heat is transferred in the following ways: via conduction, convection, and radiation. Low-e controls heat transfer via radiation and conduction.
In the case of heat transfer via conduction, for example, heat gets through solid objects such as roofing, doors, and walls. Transferred mostly through the window’s glass unit, low-e can block that heat so it doesn’t get 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 in production. Both of these gases happen to be denser than air, although krypton is denser than argon is.
They offer insulation properties that keep your home at a consistent, comfortable temperature no matter what the weather is like outside. When combined with low-e glazing, these gases equalize the temperature of the window and the temperature of your interior.
Choose Windows with the Right SHGC Rating
Solar Heat Gain Coefficient refers to the amount of solar radiation that gets through a window’s glass unit. This is measured between 0 and 1, with the lower the number of the rating equaling the less solar heat that is transmitted through the window.
Professional Window Installation: Vital for Energy Savings
Even the most energy efficient windows will fail to keep your home cooled if they have not been properly installed by a professional trained in this area. Incorrect installation can result in many problems down the line, mostly due to energy loss.
Energy can be lost through the sash, the frames, and at the point where the sash meets the sill. Even if you lock the window for an airtight seal, even the smallest mistake in measurement can result in energy loss.
Contact Rescom Exteriors for Cool New Windows
To learn more about how you can keep your home cooler with our windows, contact us for a free quote and consultation by one of our professionals.