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The winter season in Ohio can bring a lot of unique challenges to your home. Among these staying comfortable is, of course, paramount. But doing so while remaining energy-efficient and keeping heating costs low is nearly just as critical. Were you aware that your windows play a very big role in helping you with both of these things?
It’s true! At APCO, our team is completely dedicated to helping you get the best for you and your home. That goes for bringing top-tier service, but it goes for providing critical information, too. Window installation and replacement are some of the most important services we can provide. And we want to help you understand why!
The big point to know here is this: a poor-quality window can lose up to five or 10 times more heat than an insulated wall. A bad window basically bleeds warm air during the winter, making it harder for you to stay comfortable, and increasing the amount of work your furnace needs to do to maintain temperatures.
This is working off of the basic principle of heat transfer—where heat always travels toward cool. In this case, the air in your home is warmer, the air outside is cooler, and the untreated window acts as a membrane where heat can travel outdoors. If you go to your windows on a cold winter day, you can actually feel this happening!
So what can you do about this problem? It’s pretty unreasonable to just not have windows, since they’re gorgeous and provide tons of natural lighting. Plus, when handled correctly, they can actually help you with your heating a bit. If, that is, you have the right windows with the right treatments!
Low-E (low-emissivity) treatments add a thin, metallic coating that allows completely normal light transfer while blocking radiant heat exchange. This means that a low-E treatment will help you keep the warmth in your home in the winter, and the warmth out of your home in the summer!
Double and triple pane windows are essentially exactly what they sound like—two or three panes of glass instead of the one. The most important thing about them (and how they help you combat winter home heat loss) is how they are constructed.
Between each pane is an inert gas (typically argon) that helps to insulate against thermal transfer. Additionally, there’s the spacers between panes. If you’ve stood next to a window on a cold day, you’d probably have noted that the edges of the window are always the coldest (sometimes downright drafty). The spacer of a double or triple pane is uniquely constructed to completely block this problem, keeping the cold from seeping in!
A good double or triple pane window can double, triple, or even quadruple the energy-efficiency of your home windows. You’ll be able to tell the difference!
If you’ve done any shopping for modern windows, you’ve probably noted the “insulation value” listed with the product. What does this mean? In very simple terms, the insulation value is how much heat can transfer through your window (either in or out). A lower number is always better here, and a typical standard run of the mill single pane gets a rating of 1. A double pane essentially gets double the rating (meaning a lower, better rating), coming in around 0.5. And a low-E coating tends to drop the number even further, often around 30 percent or more.
APCO was founded over 50 years ago and has been a leading exterior contractor in the Columbus area ever since. We offer energy efficient window solutions throughout Columbus and the surrounding areas.
APCO offers energy efficient windows throughout the following cities and their surrounding areas: Bexley, Columbus, Dublin, Gahanna, Grove City, Lewis Center, Pickerington, Powell, Reynoldsburg, Upper Arlington, and Westerville.
Ready to improve the efficiency in your home? Contact the installation professionals at APCO to learn more about how you can benefit from ENERGY STAR® windows in the Columbus area.