Energy Efficient Windows Explained
As Americans try to live greener lifestyles, you hear more and more talk about energy efficiency. This especially applies to windows. Energy efficient windows not only make your home more comfortable, they lower your heating and cooling bills too. So what sets energy efficient windows apart from regular windows?
- Special Coatings: Energy-efficient windows feature glass that has been coated with a special material to reflect radiant heat back into the home during the cooler winter months but keep that heat out during the hot Las Vegas summers.
- Gas Insulation: The space between the panes of energy-efficient windows is filled with either argon or krypton gas. The high density of these gasses works as insulation that prevents heat transfer.
- Frame Material: Most energy-efficient windows use vinyl for window frame material and sometimes fiberglass or wood too. Unlike steel and aluminum, these materials do not conduct heat or cold. Vinyl frames have multiple chambers or honeycombs that make the frame stronger and create dead spaces that increase their insulating properties.
Upgrading to energy-efficient windows requires a greater investment initially, however the reduction you experience on your monthly utility costs will make it possible for the windows to pay for themselves the longer you stay in your home. They may even earn you a tax credit when you file your federal income tax return.
BRL is proud to carry some of the best energy-efficient window brands in the industry and because we are a locally owned company we can help you select the best windows to make your home more comfortable during our harsh summers. Whether you are retrofitting your current home or building a new one, our license and bonded window experts can guide you the process from start to finish. We are also a licensed contractor in the state of Nevada and can install your new windows too. Contact us today to learn more.