Improve Your Energy Bills with Low E and Argeon Gas Windows for Commercial Properties

Window technology has made some extraordinary advances over the past few decades. It’s interesting to think about windows as technology—from the first hole cut in a building to the first exceptionally expensive glass created to fill that hole, windows have been developing at a pretty quick clip. The latest advances in window technology have mostly to do with increasing their energy efficiency and with trying to control the kinds of light that windows let in and the kinds of light they repel, especially on large commercial scales. One way that window makers have found to gain more control over windows is to fill them with certain kinds of gasses.

It’s important to remember that light is a specific form of energy and that there are many wavelengths of light that are invisible to the human eye. So while standard windows let in all kinds of light—including ultraviolet and infrared—Low E and Argon gas windows attempt to filter that light so that only the visible spectrum effectively makes it through. This cuts down on the amount of heat, especially, that windows transmit, making those windows much more energy efficient, especially on large commercial scales where windows can sometimes function as a passive solar energy farm. That might sound good in the winter, but in the summer you’re talking about huge amounts of wasted capital just on cooling down the heat generated by your windows.

Two Types of Commercial Gas-Filled Windows

There are two basic types of commercial light-diverting windows. These windows each do a great deal to improve energy efficiencies, but they function in different ways, so you’ll definitely want to take the time to make sure you’re choosing the right one for your business.

  • Low E Windows: These types of windows, short for “low emissivity windows,” function by applying a thin coat to traditional windows. This coat, while see-through to the human eye, actually blocks certain wavelengths of light from getting through. The ability of wavelengths to be radiated by a surface is called emissivity, hence, these windows have low emissivity. They don’t let much through except for the visible spectrum. It’s important to note that this coating is always applied either on the manufacturing line or in a vacuum chamber once the window has been manufactured. Currently, there are no options for retrofitting old windows with this type of coating.
  • Argon Gas Windows: Taking a slightly different approach, argon gas windows are double or triple paned windows that have argon gas injected into the layer between panes. The gas isn’t dangerous, as the window panes are sealed, and it helps keep out infrared and ultraviolet light. In other words, it helps keep the inside cool and reflects heat back outside. Because with argon gas windows, you require at least two panes of glass, they usually aid in soundproofing as well.

Both types of commercial energy efficiency windows have benefits, as well as varying costs. Even a slight variation in cost could end up making a sizable difference on larger jobs, but Exterior Contracting, Inc., can help you make the right choice for your properties.

How Much Do New Windows Cost in the Twin Cities?

When it comes to commercial properties, even modest costs can quickly accumulate. We understand and appreciate that fact, and often guide clients towards choices that make sense for their budget and for their property, all while balancing long-term investment and property protection interests. However, outfitting your property with energy-efficient windows will require new windows and the installation of those windows. However, many property owners notice that, over time, the energy efficiencies of these windows pay for themselves.

If you’d like to know more about how much window installation costs, visit our commercial window repair and replacement page, here.

It may seem counter-intuitive, in the Twin Cities, to desire this type of los emissivity window. It’s true that, in the winter, the passive solar power of high emissivity windows can help heat your property, keeping expenses down during those cold months. But we live in a changing world, and cold months seem less and less common, while the warm months of summer seem to be getting ever warmer. In such an environment, it makes sense to invest in windows that will keep your summer months, the warm months, much more efficient, therefore saving you money.

Additionally, many commercial properties manufacture their own heat as a byproduct of day to day operations. Essentially, most of our customers have found that Low E and Argon gas windows are worth it.

So if you’re interested in helping your commercial property attain a more efficient energy rating, contact Exterior Contracting, Inc., today to get started on an estimate process.

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