It’s common for people to rely on air conditioning to keep their homes cooler in the summer. However, this definitely comes at a high cost, so you might want to pace yourself when using your AC during the hot season. If you want to save on your cooling expenses, you should look into the energy efficiency of your existing windows. If you have old and drafty windows, consider getting new windows this summer.
Austin Pro Siding, Windows & Roofing, one of the area’s top window and vinyl siding contractors, shares some tips on how to select new windows for your home.
Low-e, or low emissivity, is a type of glass that can reduce heat transfer through the windows. It is a colorless and odorless application that is thinner than a human hair and used on windows to help keep cooling costs lower in the summer. So if you are shopping for new windows, make sure to look for products made with low-e glass.
Several window companies will also urge you to consider proper window insulation. Check the window frames and find out if they are able to reduce heat transfer. You might want to look into some added insulation as well. Argon and krypton, for example, are odorless and colorless gases that can be inserted between glass panes to ensure a more consistent and comfortable temperature inside your home. Combined with low-e glazing, these gases can maintain your indoor comfort regardless of the weather or temperature outside.
SHGC, or Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, refers to the amount of solar radiation that can go through a window’s glass unit. It is measured between 0 and 1, with the lower number indicating less solar heat transfer.
Austin Pro Siding, Windows & Roofing has been in the industry for more than 10 years. Apart from being experts in window services, we also carry out other home improvement projects like siding repair, roof replacement, and more. Call us at (512) 550-0000 (Austin) or (210) 906-0046 (San Antonio) or fill out our contact form to request an appointment.