Are you in the market for replacement windows? These days, shopping for windows comes down to a lot more than sticker price. The price you pay at the time of the purchase is only part of the picture. You also have to consider how much money the windows will save you in the long run thanks to increased energy efficiency. The right windows can keep a significant amount of money in your pocket, thanks to the cash you can save on electric bills. As you navigate your window options, here are some terms you might encounter and what they mean to your replacement window purchase:
Double-paned windows, also called insulated windows, are the most common options sold today. These windows have two layers of glass with a layer of inert gas in between. Although the double panes offer more protection from the elements than older, single-paned windows, the inert gas is what makes the biggest difference in terms of energy-efficiency. The gas doesn’t conduct heat well, so heat that moves towards the windows from inside your house tends to stay put while outdoor heat doesn’t make it through the gas to the interior glazing.
These windows function in much the same way as double-paned windows, but with an extra level of protection. There is one more pane of glass and a second layer of inert gas. If you live in a very cold climate, these windows can dramatically cut your heating costs. People who live near busy roads also like these windows because they help reduce noise.
Low-emissivity, or Low-E, coating is on most modern windows. This metallic oxide material essentially reflects heat away from your window surface. Heat from inside your home is bounced back indoors instead of seeping outside. Solar rays are reflected off the exterior surface, so less heat and damaging sunlight can get indoors.
If you’re not sure which type of replacement windows are right for you home, call Wallside Windows today. We’ll come out for a free, in-home estimate and explain all of your options. You can reach our Detroit replacement window factory today by calling (313) 908-5243.