Unseen Benefits of Replacement Windows
When it comes to protecting your Ohio home
from the damaging effects of the sun, what you can’t see
– invisible ultraviolet (UV) rays – can definitely
impact you. Thankfully, there’s an easy and practical
solution that provides built-in “sunblock” for the home.
Most homeowners know that upgrading windows and doors
can help them save money and conserve energy. However, a
lesser-known benefit of energy efficient windows and
doors is their proven resistance to harmful UV rays. For
example, windows and doors with Low-E glass block most
UV rays – the invisible part of the spectrum that causes
premature fading of furnishings and is linked to health
hazards like skin cancer. That’s because the coating on
Low-E glass both absorbs heat and reflects the sun’s
light back into the outdoors.
For the ultimate in UV protection and energy efficiency,
windows with laminated glass can block almost all
harmful UV rays. Laminated glass has an interlayer
sandwiched between two window panes. This gives windows
the strength needed to stand up to impacts caused by
storms, and it also filters the sun’s light, admitting
the desirable, visible spectrum and blocking harmful,
invisible UV rays.
“Homeowners are becoming increasingly sensitive to
interior fading and wear and tear,” said Brian Hedlund,
product marketing manager for JELD-WEN windows. “It’s
not only because they want to keep the carpet and drapes
from fading, but also because UV exposure is perceived
as an increasing health hazard.”
While UV resistance is a valuable collateral benefit of
energy efficient windows and doors, there are practical
benefits too. Savings for a typical home from replacing
single-pane with Energy Star qualified windows ranges
from $125 to $340 a year, depending on the region,
according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
For homeowners and builders, here are a few basic tips
for selecting energy efficient windows and doors.
1. Consider upgrading outdated windows and doors.
Replace older single-pane windows with dual-pane units,
which insulate the home from both hot and cold weather.
Using both Low-E and insulating glass will reduce home
2. Make Low-E glass a must-have. That’s because Low-E
glass on windows, door transoms and sidelights controls
solar heat gain – a major contributor to
air-conditioning costs. Low-E glass can also protect
against heat loss in the winter.
3. Don’t overlook the role of doors in contributing to
energy efficiency. Choose doors with energy efficient
cores and sills, and frames that provide a barrier to
4. Focus on efficiency, not bells and whistles. Window
manufacturers achieve efficiency in different ways, from
Low-E glass to argon gas-filled insulating glass. The
bottom line is to make sure the products are tested and
rated for efficiency using industry standards, no matter
what technology is employed. Look for the Energy Star
label appropriate for your region.
If you are looking for Columbus Replacement Window services, please call us today at 614-263-8899 or complete our online request form.
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