There’s a good chance your windows are costing you money. A lot of it—possibly into the hundreds of dollars annually. There’s a very simple reason, too: insulation. Alaska is a land of deep colds and blistering sun. Even with the best insulation in your roof, if you don’t have the right windows, your money’s going to start flying out the window. Here’s what you need to have an energy efficient window in Alaska.
More Panes Means More Energy Efficient Window
Glass is not the best insulating material. Particularly in the form of windows; a thin sheet of glass between you and an Alaskan winter is not going to do much.
But if you put two sheets of glass together with a layer of gas between them, you now have a great insulating system.
Not All Glass is Made Equal
An insulating layer of gas is great, but there’s more you can do. The glass you choose is also important when creating energy efficient windows for Alaska.
Low-E4 SmartSun glass is currently the most energy-efficient glass offered by Andersen. It’s over 40% more effective as an insulator than uncoated double pane windows, and it doesn’t noticeably block light. The coating is also designed to be easy to clean, making your life easier, and blocks 95% of harmful UV radiation.
With Low-E4 SmartSun glass and triple pane windows, you can save around 25% on your energy bill over winter and around 18% over the summer.
Getting the Right Fit
Your home warps and settles over time. Shifts in the ground, from subtle movement to earthquakes, will gradually change the shape of the house. This can leave doorways and window frames slightly skewed. This can have two effects on your heating: either this warping will create gaps around windows that are already there, or windows that are mass-produced one-size-fits-all models simply won’t fit in the space. Either way, you’ll be left with a gap that lets cold air in and hot air out.
At Renewal by Andersen of Alaska, we precisely measure your windows and produce them to your house’s specifications. We’ll make sure that they fit precisely and are properly weather sealed. That means no more gaps driving your energy bill up.
Want to cut down on your energy bill? Give us a call or use our online contact form to get in touch today. We’ll come to you for an in-home consultation and work out how we can save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars with new Renewal by Andersen windows.