A few words on Energy Efficiency
A lot of heat can be lost through your windows. With a good 6 months of winter in the greater Twin Cities area and gas prices only going up, it is a good idea to spend a few bucks and invest in quality windows.
What makes a window good?
Most of people remember a house they lived in where it was unbearable to be by the windows. Most likely these windows had a single pane of glass. Consequently the windows did not provide any barrier of insulation, letting the cold air stream right into the house. Patching leaks by caulking around the window, hanging window blankets or plastic over the windows, were a few of the dreaded short term solutions. Today, The best long term solution is to purchase a new window. In fact, this is the best decision. A good window should not leak air and the glass area around the window should feel close to room temperature when a hand is placed near it. If the window has condensation, it is likely that there is a leak or small crack in the window pane. A window with condensation should be replaced for the best energy efficient results.
Window engineering has come a long way over the years. Many are filled with synthetic materials which, if installed correctly, do not allow any direct air transfer. There are also glazing’s or films, which applied to the glass, greatly reduce the amount of heat transfer. These help reduce heat loss from the inside and also reduce the sun from baking the house during the summer. They may give a slight tinting to the glass, but this is a good thing. Separating the panes of glass and filling the contents with Argon or Krypton will also increase the efficiency. Argon windows are cheaper but reliable; Krypton windows are a little higher quality. There are many other subtle details on spacers, construction materials, etc that decrease Air Leakage and drafts. If you are interested in knowing more about methods in addition to the ones stated above give us call and we would be happy to answer your questions. 763-544-2775 or contact us by email using our email bar on the left of the screen.