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Know the Purpose of Air Spaces in Energy-Efficient Kalamazoo Windows

By Waldemar Bureau Subscribe to RSS | May 3rd 2012 | Views:
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If the windows in your home are modern double- or triple-pane windows, chances are you know these windows are very energy-efficient. This is because the multiple panes act as barriers that help insulate the home. If you revert to the single-pane windows, you’ll notice that the older-model windows have little to no insulation capabilities which can cause your utility bills to skyrocket.

This is mostly why multiple-paned windows installed by Kalamazoo homeowners are typically more expensive than single-paned ones but are worth every penny. While the multiple panes of glass act as barriers that prevent heat transfers from either side, it’s the air spaces between these panes that do most of the work. As light passes through the multiple panes and air spaces in your window, it thins out, in a way, so it’s no longer harmful and as warm when it gets in your home.

Heat Flow

Glass is a natural heat conductor, which means a single-paned window will lose heat from inside the home during winter, and will allow heat in during summer. The air spaces between multiple-paned windows cut the heat flow from pane to pane which stops the thermal transfer from one side to the other. Experts explain that the way these windows work can be likened to a thermos bottle.

Window Ratings

The capability of a window to resist heat flow and thermal transfers is measured using the U-rating; the lower the rating is, the more efficient the window. Also, some windows are coated with low-E film which reflects the heat of sunlight away from the home during summer and locks in the heat from inside during winter. All these contribute to a window’s energy efficiency.

Gas-Filled Windows

Imagine that your home is a club, the panes of the window are the club’s walls, and the air spaces are the velvet ropes that bar you from entering. Some clubs have a muscular guard or a bouncer as added protection. In some Kalamazoo windows, these are the gases placed in the air spaces. The most common gases used are argon and krypton which stop heat from passing through.

Costs

If you talk to dealers of Kalamazoo windows, you will find that single-paned windows are much cheaper than the multiple-paned ones. However, the savings you get from multiple-paned windows will cover the price difference easily. You need to weigh all these considerations before you install new multiple-paned windows.

It will be best that a Kalamazoo roofing company installs your windows to assure you of a more professional job. It can even give a warranty for its work which spares you of any window problems in the future. For more information, you can visit efficientwindows.org and consumerenergycenter.org.

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