It seems everywhere you turn these days; everyone is talking about energy savings. Frankly, it is unavoidable. The cost of keeping cool in the summer and warm in the winter is a closely monitored issue. Fortunately, great leaps and bounds have been made in the home improvement industry to save money on energy.
Energy savings can be found in the most surprising places. Glass coatings have been a hotly researched element of window design since the 1980’s. By controlling how much of the sun’s energy radiates from glass, one can help control energy costs.
When searching for energy efficient window options, be sure to check these helpful Energy Performance Ratings:
U Factor: Simply put, the lower the U factor, the less heat is lost through the window when heating your home during the winter months. This number should be closest to zero as possible.
Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC): Measures how much heat from the sun is blocked. Windows will fall 0-1, and lower the SHGC, the higher the level of blockage sun’s thermal rays.
Check out this informative blog from BuildingGreen.com for a clear and concise look at the science behind Low-E (Low-Emissivity) Coatings: http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/window-performance-magic-low-e-coatings
You can also contact Weather Tight, via our website http://www.weathertightcorp.com or call 414.459.3888 to get more information about available Low-E options.