Window Shades for Glazed Windows

October 11, 2010

Glazed windows generally consist of a double paned window which has been coated with metallic oxide layers in order to stop heat transfer. The lower the U-factor for a window (a measure of heat exchange, heat lost in winter, heat gained in summer) the more energy efficient the window. Glazed windows in the form of Low E windows have become standard in new construction and in replacement windows as homeowners work to reduce energy use and energy costs.

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Options for Window Shades for Glazed Windows

While glazed windows can significantly lower energy use, and installing window shades for glazed windows can further increase energy efficiency. Energy-saving window shades include roller shades which are especially energy efficient because they're situated close to the glass and can help cut down on heat exchange. The cost per roller shade can run in the $35 to $70 ballpark.

Honeycomb or cellular shades create pockets of insulating air space between windows and rooms. They're a good choice in particularly cold climates where glazed windows alone may not be enough.

Mesh window screens are usually made of a synthetic material that allows light and air into the home to the degree to which you determine. They're a good choice for summer, but because of the open weave, not specifically energy efficient in the winter. Mesh window screens or shades can run in the ballpark of $50 to $115.

Glazed windows provide energy savings and energy efficiency for your home. Window shades for glazed windows can enhance both energy savings and efficiency, and provide aesthetic appeal--a finished look for your windows.

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