Top Glazed Window Styles
October 11, 2010
Unlike the traditional single-pane windows of fifty years ago, glazed windows use at least two panes of glass to improve insulation, increase energy efficiency, and keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Glazed windows may be double-glazed or triple-glazed, and come with a range of features and details that can increase their efficiency and lifespan.
Browse Top Glazed Windows Styles
While the basic structure of a glazed window is its multiple panes of glass, there are a world of differences from there. Glazed windows might be filled with air or argon gas, or more expensive krypton or xenon. Filling the space with gas lowers the thermal conductivity of the material around it, meaning that your window is more efficient.
Low emissivity coatings on the glass itself can further reduce the thermal conductivity of the window. Coatings go on the window clear, though they are also available in tints.
Buying Energy Efficient Glazed Windows
Glazed windows could save you money as you save the planet. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that windows with U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) ratings of less than or equal to 0.30 are eligible for a federal tax credit of 30 percent of the product price, up to $1,500. Not all of the top glazed windows styles qualify for the tax credit, however; make sure to research your windows before you purchase them to make sure your window's efficiency level is high enough.