Keeping your home at a comfortable temperature is a constant struggle. During the summer, you have to run your air conditioner to keep it cool. During the winter, you have to run your heater to keep it warm which can become very expensive, very quickly. The more you run your air conditioner or heater, the higher the likelihood it will malfunction as well, and would multiply your heating and cooling expenses. Furthermore, it’s not very good for the environment to consume that amount of energy. If you can reduce the amount of energy required to heat and cool your home, you can save a large amount of money and spare a little bit of damage on the environment. There is a quick way to reduce your energy costs: windows.
Every home or building loses heat through the windows. The windows are not insulated the way your walls are. Also, wood, drywall, and vinyl tend to absorb heat meaning they offer an extra layer of protection for the inside of your home. The outer walls of your home might heat up during the summer, but the material absorbs most of that heat. Then, the insulation blocks it from transferring into your home. It’s not a perfect system, but it is fairly effective. In contrast, your windows don’t have those protections. The heat presses against the glass and easily passes through, which means heat escapes during the winter and enters your home during the winter. You can reduce the amount of heat exchanged.
New uPVC vinyl windows can reduce the amount of heat exchanged between the inside and outside of your home. Double-glazed windows have two panes of glass with a vacuum in between the panes. Since heat transfers when one molecule contacts another molecule, creating a vacuum between the panes can effectively stop the heat transfer. If there are no molecules, there is no heat transfer.
Your window frame matters as well. If you have quality glass in your window, but the frame doesn’t insulate, it will be ineffective; that’s why uPVC is such a great choice. It is a durable, adaptable material that does not readily transfer heat. It is great because it does not rust or corrode the way metal would. Also, it doesn’t rot the way wood might. Wood is a great insulator, but it is also porous, which means it absorbs moisture over the years. A wooden frame contracts in the winter and expands in the summer, allowing heat to transfer through your windows. A PVC window frame doesn’t do that and is not prone to swelling with moisture or contracting on cold days.
Also, PVC can be painted to mimic wood or metal; therefore, you can gain the benefits of PVC without having to lose the aesthetic qualities of some other materials. With the right choices, you can greatly reduce your heating and cooling costs. Those choices are simple: double-glazed windows and PVC window frames.