When you need to replace a window from your home, you need to know how to choose a better window to upgrade your office space or home. You will need to consider what type of glazing or glass you should use to improve your home’s or business energy efficiency. Depending on the type of window frame, weather, etc., you may want to choose different types of glazing for the different areas of your home or office.
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- Tinted Glass
- Unbreakable Glass
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Gas fills are a good choice to improve the thermal performance of the windows. Some window manufacturers will fill the space between the panes with inert gas (argon or krypton) giving a higher resistance to the heat flow better than air.Take one sharp putty knife and then clean out the entire old gaze by leaving some rectangular back ledge. As soon as you clean out that glaze, you will get to see the metal points sticking up that would come up easily with the help of the needle nose pliers. Replace them while inserting a new piece of glass.
Heat Absorbing Tints contains special tints that change the coloring of the glass. This tint absorbs the majority of the solar radiation coming from the window, reducing the glare, the solar heat gain coefficient, and visible transmittance. There’s gray, bronze, blue and green tinted windows some offering a greater penetration of visible light and reducing the heat transfer as well. However, if you like black tinted glass remember it only transmit less than 70% of visible light so your indoor plants can die or grow slowly.
Insulated windows have two or more panes of glass that are spaced apart and perfectly sealed, leaving an air space lowering the U-factor, and the solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) mentioned before.
Low Emissivity Coatings on glazing or glass control heat transfer through the windows. They are a good alternative to reduce energy about 30% to 50%, but they can cost a little more than the other types of windows. A (low-e) coating is a thin metal of oxide layer deposited directly on the surface the panes of the glass. The coating varies from allowing high solar gain, moderate solar gain, or slow solar gain. This are a good alternative to reduce energy and save in electricity.
Reflective Coating on window glazing or glass, reduces the solar radiation, blocking more light than heat. They also reduce a window’s SHGC because they consist of thin metallic layers perfect for hot climates to control heat. They come in silver, gold, and bronze.
Spectrally Selecting Coatings are a special type of low-e filtering out 40% to 70% of the normal heat transmitted through an insulated window glass or glazing. They can reflect particular wavelengths, but remain transparent to other wavelengths. They help create a window with a low U-factor and SHGC but a high VT. This spectrally selective coatings can reduce the electric space cooling requirements of new homes in hot climates by more than 40%. It’s a great choice to upgrade your windows.
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