|Old, drafty windows do more than diminish comfort inside a home; they add to operating costs and can be a danger to occupants’ health. Here, Weathershield reviews the many energy-saving options for windows today. Aside from saving money, the Weathershield Reviews Team offers info on how modern technology has made windows safer and more beautiful than ever.|
Oceans 2003: Welcome and thank you for taking time out to speak with us today.
Weathershield Reviews Team: It’s always a pleasure.
Oceans 2003: We all know that energy efficiency is a major selling point for windows. But, what exactly does that mean?
Weathershield Reviews Team: An energy efficient window is one that helps reduce a home’s energy consumption and, in turn, lower a homeowners’ utility bills.
Oceans 2003: How?
Weathershield Reviews Team: There are many different ways a window can be energy-efficient. First, think about the glass. Poorly insulated glass actually allows for thermal transfer.
Oceans 2003: You mean it will affect the temperature indoors?
Weathershield Reviews Team: Exactly – kind of like pouring hot coffee into a regular glass, the glass becomes uncomfortable to hold.
Oceans 2003: How do you combat heat transfer?
Weathershield Reviews Team: One of the first things we do is to look at how the glass is treated. Low-e glass is manufactured to block out the sun’s UV rays.
Oceans 2003: And that helps…?
Weathershield Reviews Team: It does. Blocking UV rays reduces a home’s heat absorption. This means a home’s heating and cooling system does not have to work as hard.
Oceans 2003: What about multi-pane windows?
Weathershield Reviews Team: Many windows nowadays are made with two or three panes of glass. The airspace between the glass are filled with an inert insulating gas.
Oceans 2003: What is a window spacer?
Weathershield Reviews Team: The material used to separate the individual pieces of glass.
Oceans 2003: What are window spacers made from?
Weathershield Reviews Team: Usually a low-conductive material which will prevent the transfer of temperature from one piece of glass to the next.
Oceans 2003: Is this type of material used on all windows?
Weathershield Reviews Team: All windows with insulated glass use a spacer material.
Oceans 2003: What are the most energy-efficient window available on the market today?
Weathershield Reviews Team: By comparison, fiberglass offers superior energy efficiency. That’s not to say that other windows are not energy efficient.
Oceans 2003: What energy-efficient options does Weathershield Windows and Doors offer?
Weathershield Reviews Team: We have five different options for energy efficiency with either two or three panes of glass.
Oceans 2003: This is the Zoe-e-shield?
Weathershield Reviews Team: Yes; we have Zoe-e-shield 5, 6, 5E, 7, and 8.
Oceans 2003: What is the difference in these models?
Weathershield Reviews Team: On the lower end, the Zoe-e-shield5 has two panes of glass with one spacer. Our top-tier, Zoe-e-shield 8, has three panes of glass, two thermal spacers, optimized airspace, and a number of other energy-saving features. We even offer energy efficient windows with laminate glass.
Oceans 2003: Laminated glass?
Weathershield Reviews Team: Yes, that is our impact-resistant glass. This is a great option for people who live in areas where high-winds are a concern. Laminated glass is considerably safer than non-laminated glass during a storm.
Oceans 2003: Do you have anything to add before we end our conversation?
Weathershield Reviews Team: Only this – that windows today are not just energy efficient, but can be customized for any home. Weathershield can even build environmentally friendly windows in special shapes and sizes that can add beauty to the exterior and create a warm and inviting environment on the interior.
Weathershield isn’t just a company name for this US-based window and patio door manufacturer; it’s a goal. Shielding homes from the weather has been at the core of Weathershield since day one, when “Lee” Schield handcrafted his first extruded aluminum door frame. After nearly a half century of growth, Weathershield remains a leader in the industry. For more info visit weathershield.com