Which windows are right for your home?
Why choosing the right window can save you money and make your home more comfortable.
Whether it’s for keeping cool in summer or warm in winter, it’s hard to go past installing double glazed windows in your home. While a house with single glazed windows can lose up to 49 percent of heat through the glass, double glazed windows trap a layer of gas between glass panes that outperform regular windows in a variety of ways. Not only to these windows provide superior insulation, they are the perfect barrier against outside noise while still letting in natural light. The result is a better insulated, quieter and more comfortable home all throughout the year.
When selecting windows it is important to consider two factors: the e-rating and the U value Windows with a low e-rating minimise the amount of infrared and ultraviolet light entering the home. These wavelengths of light are responsible for fading your furniture and heating up the interior of your home. Windows with low e-ratings prevent these wavelengths passing in or out of the home, keeping it cool in summer and warm in winter. Windows manufactured with low e-ratings typically cost about 10-15 per cent more than regular windows, but they reduce energy loss by as much as 50 per cent.
The second factor you should consider is the U value This overall performance indicator gives an idea of the insulating power of the window (or doors and skylights). A lower U value results in less heat loss through the window and therefore better insulation. U value not only accounts for the e-rating and SHGC, but includes heat transfer through the frame of the window and heat convection through the window itself. This is where double glazing plays a hugely important role in reducing heat loss.
While the e-rating and U value are important factors when considering the energy efficiency of a window, they are not the only contributors. Window placement, awnings and overall house design factor into the production of a modern, energy efficient home. Here at Prominda, not only are double glazed windows a standard feature across our house, but we are experienced in producing the most efficient designs and achieving the best results possible for your new home.
Our double glazed windows are manufactured locally in Wagga Wagga by AllGlass Wagga. If you’re excited about the possibilities of a modern, energy efficient home, contact us and we’ll talk about how a unique, architect-designed modular home could work for you.