A homeowner may decide to update their windows for many reasons, such as replacing outdated windows, switching to a more energy efficient configuration, or to improve the aesthetic of the home. Before you dive into your next window replacement or upgrade, it’s important to know about the modern window options currently available on the market. Window technology has come a long way since the classic vinyl double-hung version ubiquitous throughout the country. Consider these refreshing features available on today’s window models.
1. Double Panes and Energy Efficient Coatings
Even 20 years ago, the dominant model of window was single pane glass. However, we know that single pane systems can contribute to serious energy loss, especially in larger homes in colder climates. For example, a single pane window in a cold climate house could cost $800-$850 a year to heat. On the other hand, a double pane, glazed window system can reduce the energy cost in the same house to $400-$450.
Much of the added efficiency comes from the nature of modern glazes: low-e coating and gases now fill the spaces between the panes, reducing energy transfer and improving new window’s overall efficiency.
2. UV Coatings
Another attractive option in many modern windows is the addition of UV protective technology. In places that receive a lot of sunlight, this could prove to be a worthwhile investment. Many of us don’t stop to consider the UV radiation we’re absorbing simply by sitting by an open window, but it adds up over time. Consider adding windows with a UV protection layer if you live in a sunny climate or simply like to read in the light of a window on a spring or summer day.
3. Thermal Reinforcements
For some window models, thermal reinforcements help add further insulating power, contributing to energy efficiency and reducing energy transfer. This technology also adds additional strength and structural integrity to the window, which can help protect it from pressure and stress cracks. This makes thermal reinforcements an attractive option for climates that experience abrupt temperature fluctuations, like many states in the Midwest. The best thermal reinforcement windows have condensation resistance, thermal break, and superior thermal performance, all of which contribute to energy efficiency.
If you’re in the market for a new or upgraded window system, there are a lot of new technological innovations to consider. From UV protection and thermal resistance to energy efficient coatings, choosing the right window for your home will require some research on your part.