Poorly installed or low-quality windows may cause hot or cold air to leak out of your home and rack up your energy bills. Next time you’re in the market for window replacements, check out these 4 environmentally-friendly and money-saving window systems:
1. Low-E (low emissivity) glass coatings: Low-E glass reflects heat and ultraviolet rays, which cause walls, furniture and carpeting to fade. By reflecting these rays, Low-E also helps keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
2. Multiple-pane windows: Double or triple-paned windows help keep in heat or cool air, reducing your energy consumption and costs.
3. Argon gas windows: With a sealed unit filled with the inexpensive, non-toxic, odorless gas in between panes, these windows offer more insulation, sound reduction and increased R-values.
4. Windows with the Super Spacer system: The foam Super Spacer replaces metal spacers that conduct unwanted heat or cold air. Super Spacers extend the life of the window pane and better trap in gases like argon, which help increase insulation.
Of course, saving on your energy bills isn’t the only aspect to consider when searching for new windows. Check out our list of Things to Consider when Buying New Windows for more help in making the big window decision. Search the PCN directory to find a contractor near you with energy efficient window options.