2 Key Features To Look For If You Want Energy Efficient Doors And Windows

Posted on: 22 October 2018

Doors and windows are items that are essential elements of a home. They provide access, security, light, and a view of the outside world. However, not all doors and windows are created equal. When it comes to creating an energy efficient home, doors and windows are one of the biggest offenders for heat loss and heat gain in a home. In fact, windows alone are responsible for up to 30% of heat loss during winter and heat gain during summer.

If you're planning to replace the doors and windows of your home, then you may be hoping to add increased energy efficiency to your list of desired attributes. Here are two key features you should look for in your new windows and doors if you want to reduce your homes energy needs and reduce your energy bills in the process.

1. Insulation

Insulation is one of the most important features for preventing heat transfer in a home. You most likely have roof insulation and you may also have it under your floor and in your walls. However, windows and doors are often overlooked when it comes to insulation, hence their bad reputation for heat loss and gain. Fortunately, there are many product options available for doors and windows that include insulation.

Choose a door that has an insulated core instead of a hollow core. Often the insulation is a simple core of blown polystyrene, so the door will still be light-weight and easy to open and close. Likewise, choose windows that are either solid timber, which provides natural insulation, or metal frames with insulated cores.

2. Double glazing

Another reason why windows and doors are the biggest culprits for heat loss and gain in a home is that glass is an excellent conductor of heat. This may sound like a positive attribute, but when it comes to regulating the internal temperature of your home, it's actually a serious downfall.

You can remedy this problem by opting for double glazing in your home's new windows. This also applies to any glass panels that are in external doors of your home. As the name suggests, double glazing utilizes two panes of glass instead of just the one. The thin air pocket between the panes acts an excellent layer of insulation. Some residential window installation companies will also inject an inert gas, such as Argon, into the air pocket to increase the insulation level of your windows or door panels.