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What are Green or Energy Efficient windows?

23.11.14

Green, or energy efficient, windows are windows that transmit the least amount of heat and reduce your home energy output. They also protect your home temperature from being affected by the external weather.

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Most of the heat loss in the home is caused by the windows, because of the type of glass and/or type of frame. This is because older windows, typically aluminum windows, are conductors meaning they transmit heat and cold. Installing green windows into your home will not only maintain the desired temperature of your home but in the long run will save you money on heating and cooling bills. Windows that are considered "green" insulate your home and decrease heat transfer making your home more energy efficient.

 

What determines energy efficiency of a window?

The type of glass used for a window, determines its efficiency rate – how much and what kind of light will be let in.

The newest technology for glass allows for a large reduction in heat loss. With a particular type of glass called "Low-E," or low emissivity, energy efficiency becomes possible.

Low-E glass allows the visible light to enter the home, but blocks the “bad light” that damages skin and cause colors to fade. For the highest efficiency, the space between the panes is filled with argon gas to further insulate.

Warm edge spacers in between the panes also reduce heat transfer as well as insulate the edges creating a highly efficient "green" window.

For even greater efficiency, the frames of energy efficient windows are made with materials that also help reduce heat transfer while increasing insulation, like vinyl or fiberglass.

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The circle graph above shows that one-quarter of your carbon footprint consists of home energy use, but this can vary depending on the kinds of energy sources available to power your home. ENERGY STAR calculates carbon savings for ENERGY STAR windows, doors, and skylights based on the mix of fuels in a region and the estimated energy use for a typical home.

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Do you know what window styles are best for your home?

22.11.14

Window Styles

In our many years as a successful Denver windows and door replacement company, we have compiled a tremendous amount of information regarding the different aspects of this industry. Through the years we have been privileged to share what we know with hundreds of our customers as they seek assistance with choosing the ideal windows and doors for their homes and business.

If you want to know more about the different types of home windows that are available on the market today, read on. You may just come across the window that’s perfect for your home. If you do, call us. We’ll be glad to install the right windows for your Denver home.

Modern Style Windows

While this has a range of meaning in the window design industry, most modern type windows follow the clean, functional lines of contemporary design. Windows are large and generously proportioned to allow as much light to enter a room. Modern style windows are typically unadorned, that is, without grills, so a visitor’s attention is drawn to the interior details of the room rather than to the windows themselves.

Art Deco Design

This type of contemporary design shows a partiality for streamlined spaces and the use simple geometric shapes. Windows and doors installed in Art Deco style homes are almost always flush with the walls. This ensures that the smooth, flowing design is not interrupted by any protuberant design element.

Eclectic Home Design

By its definition, an eclectic style of interior design is difficult to pin down to a particular architectural influence or era. Eclectic design typically borrows and incorporates various elements from different architectural periods. At the same time, it takes advantage of modern materials and current design trends to come up with a unique look that has become increasingly popular in America today. In choosing various design elements, including windows and doors, to achieve an eclectic look, homeowners are guided more by their personal sense of style rather than a distinct design principle.

Prairie Style Windows

Characterized by open interior spaces designed to connect with the outdoors, prairie style architecture aims for a harmony between humans and their environment. Windows in this type of design tend to be plentiful and ‘bigger-than-life.’ They are meant to enhance the occupant’s experience not only of his or her interior space, but also encourage a communion with the outside world.

You can count on us for reliable and professional doors and windows replacement services both for your home and place of business. We can help you decide on the best windows for your home, help you install French doors and more. There is no window replacement job that is too small or big for us.

Gravinas Window Center
Phone: 303-794-0490
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89 W. Littleton Blvd.
Littleton, CO 80120
Denver Replacement Windows from Gravina’s

 

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Winter Window Checklist

22.11.14

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Before temperatures drop and you see the first snowfall, make it a priority to give your windows a thorough examination. Why? Because a home’s windows are one of the chief ways that heat can be lost during blustery winter months, resulting in higher energy bills. To help with your inspection, follow these tips:

  • Check every window and door to make sure there is adequate weatherstripping and caulking which will ensure a secure seal around the openings in your home.

  • Seal up any little cracks or gaps where air can leak into your home. Many experts believe the average home has enough of these small holes to equal one three-foot by three-foot opening.

  • If you have storm windows, put them on early in the autumn weather to help save on your home’s energy bills.

  • Make sure to lock all the hardware on your windows. This creates a strong seal that prevents cold air from coming into the home. Even when closed, an unlocked window can still allow air to escape.

  • Examine your windows. Make sure they’re doing their part to help insulate your home. Check for hot and cold spots or drafty areas inside your home near windows, which can indicate energy loss.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Phone: 303-794-0490
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Littleton, CO 80120

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