What if I tell you that ENERGY STAR products are independently certified? Each partner must go through a series of tests to ensure their products save energy while still keeping the features and functionality. When you see the ENERGY STAR label, that’s an indication that the product can save you money on your energy bills, and also environmentally friendly.
What Should I Look for in an Energy-Efficient Window?
- Number of Panes: Many older windows only have a single pane of glass. Modern energy-efficient windows offer dual or triple-pane glass (or glazing). This provides superior insulation and helps to reduce energy usage.
- Low-E Glass Coatings: Low-E means “low emissivity”. That refers to the solar control of the glass regarding its ability to improve thermal performance. Homes with Low-E glass windows and doors enjoy more consistent temperatures for years. Plus, your carpet and furniture can find protection against UV rays which can cause colors to fade.
- 4th Surface Glass Coating: Consider adding a 4th Surface coating to your double-pane windows to improve the U-factor. We provide a durable Transparent Conductive Oxide (TCO) coating that actually reflects heat back into the home.
- Window Spacers: Spacers keep a window’s dual glass panes the correct distance apart which aids in insulation. You need just the right amount of air space to ensure proper efficiency. Texas Windows spacers not only offer superior insulating properties but also help reduce condensation.
- Gas-filled Space between Glass Panes: Texas windows use either Argon or Krypton gas between the panes to improve thermal performance while still maintaining your view. Argon is standard. Choose Krypton for the highest levels of thermal protection.
- Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC): The SHGC is measuring the amount of solar radiation that can be transmitted through a window. The lower the number, the better.
If you are ready to help your home become more energy-efficient and want to learn more about ENERGY STAR replacement, our team at Texas Window is ready to help.
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