What Makes a Window Energy Efficient?

What Makes a Window Energy Efficient? Kansas City MO So you’re thinking about replacing the windows on your Kansas City, Missouri, home. But before you do, you want to make sure you’re choosing the right windows. Sure, you want windows that will look good, but most importantly, you want windows that will make your home more energy-efficient. What you should look for? Below are some of the components that contribute the most to making a replacement window energy efficient.

Low-E Glass Packages

Low-emissivity glass—often abbreviated to Low-E glass—is a special type of glazing that is designed to minimize the amount of infrared and ultraviolet light that passes through the pane of a window. What lowers the emissivity of Low-E glass is a coating of microscopic layers of silver and other metals that reflects these end-spectrum rays, preventing them from penetrating through the glass and into your home. While there are many different glass packages out there today—double glazed, triple glazed, etc.—as long as you choose replacement windows that have Low-E glass, you’ll be getting ample energy efficiency.

Inert Gas Fills

All energy-efficient replacement windows made today will have at least a dual-pane glazing system, meaning there will be two panes of glass. Between these panes of glass, there is usually an inert gas fill. Typically either argon or krypton, this pocket of gas serves to displace the air that is between the glass panes and acts as an invisible layer of insulation to help prevent heat from passing through the glass and into or out of your home.

Spacer Systems

In addition to providing a window with structural integrity, the spacer system keeps the panes of glass an appropriate distance apart. This is important for regulating the difference between the interior and exterior temperatures. By creating an insulating and protective thermal barrier around the glass, a spacer system can help reduce the transmission of radiant heat through the window.

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