Low-e film and argon gas increase window insulation
Ask your window installer about energy efficiency options. | Photo courtesy of Amy Summerville
Part of my business is selling energy efficient windows that contain a glass package using low-e and argon gas.
Low-e stands for low emissivity. Simply put, this is a metallic coating applied to the glass that reflects heat. The great thing is it works both ways on a window, reflecting heat out in the summer and keeping heat inside during the winter.
Argon gas is simply a gas that is heavier than air and adds increased insulation to the window. Windows with this package are not under any pressure, as the argon gas displaces the air adding to energy efficiency.
Some older, builders-grade windows were little more than two panes of glass held together with a bead of caulk. In time, with expansion and contraction due to the weather, this type of seal can fail leading to moisture in the windows. High quality vinyl replacement windows use a type of spacer that moves with the glass eliminating this problem.
Airtight Exteriors Siding & Windows is a family-owned business located in Overland Park, Kan., and has operated for the past 18 years. The company's focus is on using high quality products combined with exceptional installation to ensure a great end result. As of Feb. 10, 2012, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check AngiesList.com for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.