With the effects of global warming and constant climate change knocking at our doors, using energy-efficient and protective building products helps lessen the energy strain on the environment. When we require less energy to heat our homes, we're helping our planet recover from the damage of many years of environmental abuse. Choosing low E argon windows for our homes utilizes insulating properties that satisfy a green home initiative.
What's Wrong with Regular Windows?
Unfortunately, the average home may lose 30% of its heat or air-conditioning energy through its windows. The typical window loses heat in four different ways:
* Convection: Warmer air is cooled by exterior air, causing a downward movement that leads to drafts.
* Conduction: Heat is directly lost through the window.
* Radiation: Wasted heat escapes from a window in the form of infrared energies.
* Leakages: Physical gaps in the window and its frame causes heat loss.
As a result, we increase our need for heating energy because the initial supply produced is wasted and lost outside the home. However, low E argon windows offer an efficient solution. Thanks to argon, the windows primarily reflect heat back into a room and avoid unnecessary wasted energy. This particular material (sometimes blended with krypton) is better at reflecting heat rather than conducting heat, meaning argon windows keep heat in and deters unwanted heat from outside the home.
Low E argon windows are more expensive than the typical window because they undergo a technologically advanced manufacturing process that requires intensive labor. A thin, transparent coating comprised of metal, metallic oxide or plastic is applied to the windows. The spacing between panes contains the inert gas argon, which boosts the overall thermal performance of windows. Although a gas, argon is nontoxic, nonreactive, clear and odorless.
Brighter, Warmer Rooms
Low E argon windows usually offer shorter, wider dimensions to the average window. The size and shape of the energy-efficient windows play a significant role in the heating and cooling of a home. The spacious size permits extra light to enter rooms with an increase of brightening and warming. South-facing windows with an overhang provide shade from direct sunlight during hot summer days.
Passive Solar Heat
During the wintertime, argon E windows bring an advantage of gaining passive solar heat that boosts the energy-efficient power of a home. If more than 70% of windows are placed on the south side of a home, the windows will use the sun to heat your entire residence. When building a new home, this is something to think about if you wish to create a sustainable living environment.