With a custom home on the Maryland waterfront, one can enjoy beautiful vistas of the Chesapeake Bay or one of its relaxing rivers and creeks. While framing the view might be highly important, so is the actual window that creates the picture. The quality of the windows is an essential consideration for keeping a house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. What exactly are energy-efficient windows? Find out below!
The window frame is the foundation that creates the bulk of a window’s quality. One has multiple options concerning the frame’s material, including wood, composite, aluminum, fiberglass, and a combination. For extra insulation, choose a foam-filled window frame. Be sure to choose a window frame material that is compatible with Maryland waterfront conditions.
One single pane of glass won’t do much to insulate your home, which in turn won’t do your energy bills much good. One should select windows with two or three layers. The multiple layers will help retain indoor warm or cool air, resist against strong winds, and soundproof against passing traffic.
Argon gas is heavier than oxygen, so it is a popular substance for filling the space in between two layers of window panes. An argon gas fill adds more insulation to the windows for better energy efficiency. Better yet, argon is non-toxic, odorless, and colorless.
Low-E, which is short for low emissivity, is a term that describes the thin metallic coating that inhibits ultraviolet and infrared light from entering your home. Low-E windows prevent minimal light from entering your home, which means less heat gets in your home. During the summer, the air conditioner would have to work harder to overthrow the heat that enters.
Energy Star Rating
Energy Star is an EPA program that helps to determine which appliances and products are the most energy-efficient. A product with an Energy Star label is one that meets the criteria for particularly energy-efficient windows. Keep in mind that some windows might be better suited to colder climates and some to warmer climates, so be sure to ask your custom home builder for more details.
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At Shore-Line Construction, we know that your home is a reflection of you. That’s why we strive to make each home we build as beautiful as the family who will live there. We work with each of our clients to design a home that fits their needs. The end result is a durable, energy-efficient custom home that the family will enjoy for generations to come. Shore-Line Construction has been serving our customers for over 25 years, and we look forward to the opportunity to help you!
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