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How Energy Efficient Windows Can Make Your HVAC System More Effective

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With lost heating and cooling accounting for up to 25 percent of your energy bills, having inefficient doors and windows in your home is just like tossing your money right out the window. With today’s rising energy demand, rising costs, and environmental concerns, it’s easy to see why energy efficient windows are in high demand.

When you install energy efficient windows, it reduces heating and cooling costs through the use of energy efficient technology. This technology helps to prevent warmed or cooled air from escaping and also reduces the transmission of light through windows. With these windows installed, your HVAC system won’t have to work as hard at maintaining a comfortable temperature – and a more efficient system translates to reduced heating and cooling costs.

Components of energy efficient windows:

Multiple panes
Also referred to as layers of glazing, multiple panes of glass not only insulate better, but provide increased sound insulation and impact resistance as well. The most high efficiency window models may include three or more panes.

Low-emissivity coated glass
Low-e glass is treated with a reflective coating that deflects the sun’s infrared rays, while still allowing the transmission of visible light. This technology helps to keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, while also preventing the fading of interior furnishings.

Gas fills
Gas fills such as krypton and argon between panes offer better insulation against heat transfer than regular air.

Molded sashes or insulating fiberglass, vinyl, and polystyrene foam spacers space glass panes just the right distance apart to reduce heat flow and condensation.

Improved frames
Improved frames further help insulate against heat transfer.

Energy Star qualified windows
Canada is an international partner in the Energy Star program, which identifies the most efficient windows on the market. Meeting strict performance specifications, windows qualify for an Energy Star rating based on a number of important factors that determine their efficiency.

Looking for more ways to increase the efficiency of your HVAC system? Contact Reliance Home Comfort today to schedule your furnace and air conditioner tune-up. Because a well-maintained HVAC system is a more energy efficient system!

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