Many people choose to install vinyl windows on their homes because they are affordable and more energy efficient than wood or aluminum windows. However, not all vinyl windows are the same when it comes to energy efficient performance. There are many considerations to take into effect when choosing new vinyl windows.
Energy Efficiency Is Increased By a Combination Of Technologies
Window manufactures use many technologies to enhance energy efficiency in vinyl windows. Most homeowners are aware of popular terms such as Low-E coatings and gas filled panes, but may not with understand the important role that window spacers play in the all-around energy efficiency of the window.
The Role That Window Spacers Play
The spacers in vinyl windows are important because they maintain the proper distance between the glass panes in the window unit and keep the unit sealed. Modern window units experience the most heat loss in the edges of the window. A window with a poor quality spacer can lead to increased heat loss and condensation on the inside of the glass. As a result, many manufactures use innovative designs and materials to maximize energy efficiency of their window spacer systems. When choosing vinyl windows be sure to look for windows with a silicone foam spacer or a stainless steel spacer system. Avoid aluminum spacers.
If you are more concerned about the final cost of the installation, you will have to sacrifice efficiency. If you choose to spend a little more money, you will be rewarded with lower energy costs. If you are interested in learning more about how window spacers affect energy efficiency on vinyl windows in Burnham, IL, contact the window installation specialists at Preferred Window and Door. They have been installing windows in the Burnham, IL area, the southern Chicago suburbs, and N.W. Indiana since 1994. For more information, call us at 708-251-4883 or 219-595-9680.
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