Energy Efficient Windows and Doors
Guard Impact Window & Door’s products and services do so much more than help protect your home from storms. They reduce the risk of home intrusion, they allow you to enjoy the advantages of natural light during storms, and they make securing your home against winds a far simpler and more convenient process. Our impact windows and doors are also extremely energy efficient, allowing you to enjoy a more comfortable indoor environment and save money year round. The majority of energy loss in your home results from windows and doors that aren’t air tight, and from sub-par glass and other materials. If you’re going to update your windows and doors, do it right with Guard!
How Do Impact Windows Maximize Energy Efficiency?
There are many different factors that determine the impact your windows have on the energy efficiency of your home. We’ll work with you to choose the right combination of products and installation methods so that you can enjoy all that South Florida has to offer—without breaking your energy budget. Florida is known for certain extreme weather conditions, so prioritizing your home’s energy efficiency is nearly as important as ensuring it’s hurricane proof.
The minimum thickness of your windows is determined by building code, but once the minimum thickness is met, we can provide you with a number of options that exceed it. Glass thickness is not as important as glazing, insulation, or low emissivity options when it comes to thermal control, but it does play a role. However, it is a much more critical factor in terms of noise reduction. If you live in a busy neighborhood, for example, thicker glass is definitely preferable.
Insulated glass refers to two panes of glass that have air or another inert gas (like argon) sandwiched between them. It’s an extremely effective way to reduce energy transfer through your windows, due to the fact that air is a very effective insulator.
Low Emissivity Options
Low emissivity (Low-E) windows are created when the glass is coated in a material that lowers the amount of infrared (or ‘heat’) energy that is transferred through your windows. When your windows or doors are exposed to heat and light, they can either reflect that energy or allow it to be transferred from one side to the other. Low-E coatings ensure that your windows and doors are reflecting, rather than absorbing that energy. Low-E coatings are virtually invisible, and are thinner than a human hair—but they allow you to maintain your indoor temperature while saving on energy costs.
UV Ray Reduction
UV ray reduction isn’t as important as infrared reduction, but it does play a role in energy efficiency. It also has another major benefit. UV rays are part of the sunlight spectrum that can cause damage to skin, and is also responsible for fading fabrics, carpets, and even damaging works of art. If you love to enjoy the South Florida sun with your curtains and blinds open, you owe it to yourself and your home to invest in energy efficient, UV reducing windows and doors from Guard. Call or contact us today to schedule a free estimate!