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Energy Efficient Windows

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With the high cost of energy required in heating a home in the winter or cooling it in the summer, it can be common sense to look for simple ways to reduce this so that you can save yourself money. Windows are a good place to start doing this as these are typically a feature which when made energy efficient can help to significantly reduce energy bills. While there is a cost involved in installing energy efficient windows this should be paid back over time as a result of lower bills. This makes them a good option to consider when you are replacing the windows in your home.

If considering energy efficient windows for your property there are a few varieties to choose from with the best one typically depending on the climate in which you live. Most windows that are energy efficient have at least two panes of glass with a gap between them .The gap can be filled with air, although some manufacturers also use gases that have low conducting properties and this can include argon and krypton. Heat can be passed through a window by conduction and the gap between the two panes of glass basically acts as an insulator which reduces this. The outcome of this is that a home will be warmer in the winter as less heat is lost through the window and the thermostat can be turned down. A property will also be cooler in the summer as less heat can get in and this means the AC can be turned down. Turning down the AC or central heating has the obvious effect of using less energy and this translates to lower energy bills.

Typically in warmer climates the best type of energy efficient windows are known as reflective windows and these have a reflective film on them that is designed to reflect or absorb the Sun’s rays and stop the heat entering the home. This will keep rooms cooler and mean you are less reliant on the air conditioning. In colder environments low emissive glass windows are the best option. These are treated with a coating that can reduce heat loss by up to 70%. This means that the central heating is less required to keep warm and can be turned down a notch or two.

The right type of frame can also help to produce energy efficient windows. Much of the heat loss from a room can occur through ill fitting frames. Therefore if you want your windows to be energy efficient the frames need to fit tightly with no apparent cracks and gaps when they are closed. The type of material can also have an impact and it is generally considered that vinyl windows are the best at producing windows that are energy efficient.

There is a current benefit to installing energy efficient windows in that the Government is offering a tax credit on their purchase. This amounts to 30% of the purchase cost up to a maximum of $1,500 with the scheme running to the end of 2010. There are a number of companies that produce windows that are rated to be energy efficient with these including Anderson and Milgard to name a couple.

Energy efficient windows can be a good addition to a home. The styles available are attractive and can improve the appearance of a property. As they are energy efficient, the windows should also help you save money by lowering your heating or AC bills and this is a good reason to choose them.