Windows may not seem like the most obvious upgrade to invest in when you’re looking to decrease energy usage. For most building owners and facility managers, they are simply an aesthetic choice that has no bearing on the performance or efficiency of a building. However, the windows you choose for your facility can greatly impact your bottom line.
Every part of your building design contributes to its insulation and energy efficiency. Depending on the design of your windows and the outdoor temperature, heat is either lost or gained from them. Energy-efficient windows insulate, minimizing temperature fluctuations by providing a barrier between your facility’s internal and external temperatures. Energy-efficient windows can save you a surprising amount in your monthly energy usage, especially in larger facilities.
Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
- Cost Savings and Comfort – If you live in a region with a long winter or summer season, installing energy-efficient windows will make a huge difference for your home and your pocket. During the cold or hot months, poorly insulated windows contribute to significant temperature fluctuations. This can make your facility harder to regulate, and therefore less comfortable for staff members. By switching to energy-efficient windows, you can maintain your temperature without running the AC or heat all day. You’ll be able to save money and feel more comfortable when the temperature outside is extreme.
- Property value – Sunlight emits ultraviolet rays that can cause damage to interior property. UV rays can fade floors, walls, and other commercial property. Most energy-efficient windows are UV-resistant, and able to block out up to 98% of damaging sunlight from your facility.
- Noise reduction – While you may be purchasing energy-efficient windows for cost-saving benefits, you will also notice a significant reduction in noise inside your facility. Energy-efficient windows are typically thicker, which makes it harder for outdoor noise to penetrate through them. This can offer added benefits of comfort to your staff. They may even become more productive when they are not distracted by traffic and other outdoor noise.
- Reduced condensation and frost – In extremely cold conditions, older windows tend to form condensation and frost. When the heater runs, condensation collects on the outside of the window, then frosts over when the indoor environment is cooled. While this may not seem like a major issue, frost and condensation can actually cause mold in wooden window frames. Energy-efficient windows, however, are warmer and therefore do not condensate as quickly as older windows. They are also typically installed in insulating frames which do not mold as quickly as traditional wooden frames.
- Reducing environmental impact – Many modern businesses are taking their environmental impact more seriously. Not only does energy efficiency improve their bottom line, but it contributes to the sustainability of their company, family, and community. Energy-efficient windows can reduce your carbon emissions by lowering overall energy consumption. Coupled with other energy-efficient measures, insulated windows will help reduce your carbon footprint over time.
- A better view and natural light – Because traditional windows do little to protect your home from unwanted heat and UV lights, many facility managers use tinted glazing, blinds, or other obstructions to reduce sunlight. Because energy-efficient windows provide these benefits, you can enjoy the sunlight in your office space without the harmful heat and UV rays. Many employees enjoy natural sunlight in their workspace, contributing to an overall better and more productive work environment.
If you’re interested in making the switch to energy-efficient windows, call MaintenX for help. Our technicians can offer product recommendations suited for your facility, and give quotes for installation services required. Choose MaintenX for your energy optimization needs.