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Energy Efficiency Terms You Should Know

It is crucial to your home’s energy bills and energy efficiency that you become familiar with certain terms, such as air leakage and U-factor. These terms can inform on your next replacement window choice, which could severely impact your energy costs. Continue reading to learn more about these energy efficiency terms.

Air Leakage

Air leakage is one of the most important factors to keeping your home energy efficient and reduce your energy bills. If a window has a high air leakage value, then it is likelier to allow air to pass in and out of your home. This air leakage can cause your heating and cooling bills to increase, due to the HVAC unit’s need to work harder to heat or cool your home. Look for windows with a low air leakage value and quality window installations to ensure the least amount of air can leak through.

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, also known as SHGC, is another important contributor to your home’s energy efficiency. SHGC measures how well a window will block the sun’s heat. Lower SHGC numbers indicate that less solar heat is transmitted through the window. This will also reduce your cooling costs by reducing the amount of heat entering your home.

U-Factor

U-factor relates to a window’s insulation properties, which also reduces the amount of hot or cool air that transfers through a window. The U-factor value should be as low as possible to receive the best energy efficient and insulated window.

Visible Transmittance

Visible transmittance refers to how much light filters through a window. This is an important term, because it can determine how much fading or sun damage might occur on interior floors, window treatments, and furnishings. The lower the visible transmittance value, then less light will enter your home.

You should always be concerned with the energy efficiency of your replacement windows in Orlando. Learn more about energy saving windows by calling Window World at (407) 734-2996.

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