Home heating and cooling costs can account for 40 to 50 percent of the total energy bill for a year. Most of these costs are due to inefficient windows. High performance windows are made of the latest materials and have been designed to solve this problem.
There are several reasons why homeowners should switch to high-performance windows.
Reducing Energy Loss
High-performance windows will reduce energy loss in the home during winter and summer. The windows use double glazing, special coatings and gas between the panes to minimize the amount of energy loss. This means warm air will be kept indoors in winter and outdoors in summer. The result is lower energy bills because the heating or air conditioning system doesn’t need to run as often. High-performance windows have the potential to reduce your home’s heating and cooling costs by more than 25 percent, and help you build a green home.
The technology used to make windows has continued to evolve over nearly two decades. High performance windows incorporate the latest technology. The frame is made of quality materials. The panels are designed to be durable and withstand everyday wear and tear. Switching to high-performance windows is a great investment for any homeowner because they will last for decades with minimal maintenance.
Block Ultraviolet Radiation
Many high-performance windows have coatings or other features that completely block ultraviolet radiation from entering the home. Ultraviolet radiation is part of the natural light spectrum produced by the sun. Certain windows can block up to 98 percent of this radiation. This is an advantage because the ultraviolet light slowly begins to break down the colors and ends up in the house. This can cause artwork, wood siding, and siding to fade over time. This can discolor some carpets and floors. Switching to high performance window will prevent this.
Create a Quieter Home
High-performance windows have an insulated frame and two or more gas-filled panes. This creates a seal that stops air better than traditional windows. One of the side benefits of these seals is a quieter home. The same insulating properties that stop energy loss will also drown out vibrations from sounds outside the home. The result is a reduced amount of noise entering the home when the windows are closed.
Windows help determine how comfortable a home is year-round. Traditional windows often allow drafts into the home. This can make the house feel hot and humid in summer even though the air conditioner is on. The cold wind in winter can make the whole house uncomfortable. The insulating properties of high-performance windows will block drafts and help maintain a comfortable temperature in your home.
Lower Chance of Condensation
Condensation is a very real problem with older windows and windows that haven’t been designed for efficiency. Condensation allows moisture to collect in the house. This can increase the humidity level in the house. Condensation can freeze in winter and cause damage to windows. It can even encourage the growth of mold and mildew around windows and windowsills. High-performance windows have thermal protection and other features that reduce condensation and problems associated with excess moisture.