When you are looking into replacement windows in Las Vegas, NV for your home, you might not know a lot of the terms you will hear as you start your search. It’s good to do a little research and figure out what the terms mean so when you hear them, you don’t have to stop the window professional and ask for details. Of course, those experts are there to help you in any way possible so you can ask for definitions whenever you need them. But it can give you some background knowledge and help you along the way. Here are some terms you might see or hear and what they mean.
Energy Star Certification
Some windows are going to come with Energy Star Certification. What does that mean? That means that these windows submitted to a voluntary testing process and have passed. They have certain levels of energy efficiency for your region of the country. They, in short, are good, efficient windows. There are going to be variations in efficiency among the windows that have this label on them. But at least you know these windows have a certain level of efficiency and you can go from there. It’s a good idea to start with windows that have the label and compare their ratings from that point on.
This is an upgrade that you can have added to your window’s glass if you choose, and it’s a very beneficial upgrade. The coating is a thin metallic coating that you can completely see-through. Basically, it reflects heat. You don’t get the heat of the sun coming inside your house, but you can let in as much natural light as you want. And, in the winter, the heat inside your home will bounce back in, leading to even more efficiency.
Panes refer to the sheet or sheets of glass on the windows. Today, windows come with double pane glass, which means two sheets of glass. And there’s a space between the sheets as well, which helps to insulate the home even more. You can also add a third pane of glass for more efficiency and to help block noise from your house. Triple pane glass comes with another space between the panes, too, which helps insulate even more.
Standard windows have air between the panes of glass and that helps to slow down any air that tries to pass through the glass, into or out of your home. But if you fill that space between the panes with argon or krypton gas, the air will slow even further. These gases are denser than air, but they are invisible and harm\less as well. They can give you more efficiency in your home and lower energy bills, though they do cost more to add them to the windows.
When you need replacement windows in Las Vegas, NV, knowing some of the terms can help you move things along, but the professionals at Master Craftsmen Inc. will help you figure out anything you need help with.