The 40 Year Old Technology in Your Home That is Costing You Thousands
The 40 Year Old Technology in Your Home That is Costing You Thousands

According to the 2011 American Housing Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, the average U.S. home just turned 40. While this may seem insignificant to many, given the breakthroughs in energy efficient technologies for the home over the last 40 years, a majority of American homeowners may be spending thousands on their energy bills each year needlessly. One of the biggest advances in home energy efficiency has been the introduction of ultra-high efficiency windows able to save homeowners 30% or more on their energy bills. Unfortunately, a number of homeowners have yet to upgrade their home’s windows because they simply don’t understand the technologies that make ultra-high efficiency windows so superior. Shout outs to the Denver replacement window company for this informative guest post. Low Emissivity Glass First introduced for use in residential windows in 1983, Low Emissivity (Low-E) glass is one of the most important components of today’s ultra-high efficiency windows. Low-E glass is coated in a microscopic layer of metallic oxides which helps reduce the amount of infrared (IR)radiation that passes through the glass without significantly affecting the amount of visible light. As a result, windows with Low-E glass help to keep warm air inside on cold days and outside on hot days, lowering the amount of energy needed to maintain a comfortable temperature indoors. Currently the most energy efficient Low-E glass available is Low-E366, which uses a triple layer of silver oxide combined with alternating layers of anti-reflective metal oxide coatings to help block 64%of IR […]

3 Reasons why you need Triple Pane Windows
Three Reasons why you need Triple Pane Windows

Triple pane windows – you may have heard about it, you may be interested in it. Here are three reasons, though, why you need it: First thing: Energy savings Triple-pane windows throughout your entire home can save you up to 50% on your energy bill each month. The installation of these windows is definitely worth the overall savings over time. Plus, these windows can also significantly increase the overall value of your home. Second thing: Insulation With insulation you can increase the security of your home. Since triple-pane windows contain three layers of glass, they are much more difficult to break versus dual or single pane windows. With insulation, you will also see a significant increase in soundproofing abilities. The three layers of glass keeps unwanted noises from the street out, giving yourself an escape from the outside world. You can enjoy your home in peace, quiet, and comfort that you have always wanted. Third thing: The middle glass makes a difference The middle glass is surrounded by argon or krypton, which helps to increase the R value and decrease heat exchange. The gas will not corrode the material of the window like oxygen would, which is why triple-pane windows have this feature. Overall, with triple-pane windows you can live a much more comfortable lifestyle. Uncomfortable temperatures stay out of your home. This significantly reduces the amount of time that you will need to run the heater or air conditioner. Plus, you will begin to live with less worry of […]

Storm Windows vs Replacement Windows
Storm Windows vs Replacement Windows

For many years now, the buzz has been that replacement windows would save homeowners money on their power bills, keep the family warmer or cooler and enhance curb appeal. Homeowners were educated as to how the panes insulated the home, what types of windows required little-to-no maintenance and how to check for leaks before owners sought new windows. While all of this is good to know, the cost of replacement windows can be staggering. If the checkbook can’t support either new windows or overpowering power bills, there is an alternative. In a new twist on an old subject, storm windows vs. replacement windows could mean an all around savings as well as increased curb appeal for Colorado homeowners. Never Heard of Storm Windows? Storm windows offer extra protection against the vagaries of extreme weather and are usually removed each spring. They can either fit outside or inside existing windows. Choices are clear glass or plastics like Plexiglass. Glass is heavier, more fragile and more expensive, while plastics are cheaper, lighter and can become scratched. In addition to protecting existing windows, storm windows help insulate better than replacement windows. Storm windows fitted outside existing windows get condensation that must be vented through a “weep hole” before it can damage windows. They do, however, prevent air leakage, and they also keep weather from damaging existing windows. Indoor storm windows fit tighter to the existing window, causing a sort of suction that keeps air from leaking out. They provide ease of use and cleaning as well as […]