One of the main aspects of purchasing new windows is to help reduce solar heat gain in the summer, which can lower your air conditioning use and keep your home at more comfortable, even temperatures.. Low-e coatings are made up of microscopically thin, virtually invisible metal or metallic oxide layers constructed directly on top the surface of glass
This slightly tinted glass absorbs a large percentage of incoming solar radiation through a window, and effectively reduce the transmission of solar radiation. They can reflect or filter out 40% to 70% of the heat normally transmitted through insulated window glass or glazing, while allowing the full amount of light to be transmitted.
You’ll find many options when selecting these windows, but the most important thing to know about the window itself is the sticker that comes on the window—its shows exactly how well the window is insulated, and how well it absorbs and/or reflects the heat that is coming in through the glazing.
The key is not to overpay for things you don’t need—but making sure you do get all of the things you do need. Choosing an Energy Star rated window is very important.
When you are selecting windows for energy efficiency, it’s very important to consider their energy performance ratings in relation to the climate in the Kansas City area. Select windows with both low U-factors and low SHGCs to maximize energy savings in our particular climate with both cold and hot seasons.
Once the window meets the Energy Star ratings, there’s no need to overpay. The Energy performance ratings of the windows, along with the installation method to stop air leaks are the two most important factors in choosing new windows for your home. If you don’t overspend for your new windows, they will pay for themselves in energy savings in a much shorter period of time and increase the comfort in your home.
At Star Energy Windows & Doors, we are not only window experts, but energy efficiency experts as well. Feel free to contact us anytime with any questions that you have and we’ll be happy to guide you in the right direction.