Posted on: 11 November 2015
When you replace your windows, you want to make sure that you get the most energy efficient windows possible. Energy efficient windows will eventually pay for themselves as they save you money on your heating bills. Most people who are looking for energy efficient windows look at windows that have more than one pane of glass.
Benefits of Using Multi-glazed Windows
Outside of the energy efficiency, there are other benefits of multi-glazed windows. One is that they have sound dampening properties. The more barriers between you and the outside, the more sound gets blocked. Not only will more panes of glass do that, but the fact that the space in between the panes is also filled with a gas like argon can add additional sound deadening qualities.
Multi-glazed windows can also help to keep UV rays out of your house. When UV rays come into your house, they can fade your carpets, drapes, and furniture. Many multi-glazed windows include different coatings, one of which is a UV blocker. That will help to protect your belongings.
Measuring Energy Efficiency of Multi-glazed Windows
If you are going to get one of these windows, it's important to know how they are rated, so that you can figure out if you want a double, triple, or quadruple glazed windows. The efficiency of these windows is measured in U-factor.
The U-factor measurement is used to rate both windows and doors. Unlike R-factor, where you look for the highest possible number, with U-factor, you want the lowest possible number. The U-factor rating is made up of several things, the most important of which is non-solar heat flow.
Non-solar heat flow is the transfer of heat from indoors to outdoors. Hot air wants to be able to equalize the temperature. That means that heated air will move from where there is more heat to where there is less heat. In practical terms, that means that when you heat your house, the hot air inside wants to be able to escape outside so that it can equalize the temperature. Since it would be impossible for the heat from your house to heat up the entire space outside, you will keep experiencing heat loss. A window with a low U-factor will keep that from happening.
Energy efficient windows will help keep your house at a more comfortable temperature, save you money on your utility bills, and can even help enhance the look of your house. For more information, contact a company like Ryan's All Glass.Share