Gone are the days when a homeowner’s interest in replacement windows was all about design and stylish window treatments. Today, energy efficiency has become a key consideration as homeowners seek to minimize the costs of heating and cooling their homes. So how do you know what to look for in an energy-efficient replacement window? Comfort King Windows & Doors, the leading window and door company in Canada, discusses the top three qualities to consider:
The composition of the frame is one of the most important aspects of energy efficiency when it comes to replacement windows. Since it serves as the structural backbone of each unit and also determines what kind of glass it can handle, the frame must be strong, sturdy and an excellent insulator. The frames must also come with energy-efficient spacers and tight seals to prevent air leakage, no matter the weather.
Glass emissivity is a crucial factor in the energy efficiency of the window as a whole. It measures the ability of the glass’ surface to absorb or reflect radiant energy. Emissivity doesn’t only apply to windows, but also to entry and patio doors, making it one of the most important considerations when measuring the total energy efficiency of your home. Windows with a low emissivity (Low-E) rating provide better insulation, making Low-E double- or triple-paned glass with a vacuum-sealed argon fill an ideal choice. With this type of glass, windows are better able to protect the interior of your home from the heat and UV rays of the sun in the summer, as well as prevent heat from escaping during the colder winter months.
Design and Installation
A window’s energy efficiency also relies on its style, orientation and the quality of its installation. For instance, windows with wider glass areas can gain more solar heat during winter, making them inherently more energy efficient. Additionally, you must not overlook the importance of proper installation. It won’t matter how expensive or well crafted the window is if it was installed poorly.
It’s for this reason that you should choose your contractor carefully. As a professional window and door installation company, Comfort King Windows & Doors has been serving residents across Ottawa and Stittsville, ON, for over 40 years. We work with industry-leading manufacturers to provide only top-quality, energy-efficient windows. Give us a call today at (613) 526-4550 for a FREE consultation. We serve clients in Ottawa and Stittsville, ON.