When you start looking for Toronto, ON replacement windows, you’ll run into a lot of information about energy efficiency. Energy efficiency is highly important with any new windows. You’ll want that on your home for sure. But you’ll also start to run into terms that might not be familiar to you. Glass packs? Gas fills? Low-E coatings? What does it all mean and what is best for your home? Here are some common questions regarding energy efficient replacement windows along with answers to help you along the way.
What Are Energy Efficient Windows?
There are a lot of different types of windows that qualify as energy efficient, but the best materials are usually aluminum, wood, and vinyl with vinyl being at the top of the list. Vinyl windows make it hard for air to get in or out and they won’t bend or dent. They are also low maintenance and affordable and bring a lot of energy savings as the years go by. They last for a number of years and have enough options to match any look you want. Energy efficient windows always have the Energy Star label as well, though under that name, there are still some that are better at insulating than others.
What’s A Glass Pack?
When you look at your windows, you see the glass panes, but that’s all you really know about it. There’s a lot more to it than what you see. You can choose from a number of glass systems and the options range from basic to extreme. A basic glass pack would be double pane glass with air between the panes. Something more extreme would be triple pane glass with Krypton glass between the panes. The glass pack is basically what options you want to include on the glass portion of the replacement windows.
What’s a Low-E Coating?
The low-E coating is a light, metallic coating that sits on the inside of a pane of glass. The coating is virtually invisible and blocks UV rays from entering a home. By reflecting heat, it insulates the home against the hot sun in the summer and brings more warm air inside the house in the winter, all while protecting furniture and flooring from fading.
What’s A Glass Filling?
Standard windows are double pane and have air between the panes. The gas filling is when the manufacturer inserts gas between the panes instead of air because it is denser and insulates better. The two inert gas choices are Argon and Krypton. Argon is least expensive, but Krypton is more efficient.
Since you will run into a lot of these terms, it’s good to know what some of them mean so you can start to make decisions based on what your home needs. If you have other questions about Toronto, ON replacement window terms, don’t hesitate to call Magic Window Innovations at (905) 856-8805 for help from the experts. You can also visit us with your inquiries at 75 Rowntree Dairy Rd, Woodbridge, ON L4L 6C8