If you’re researching new double-pane windows for your home, you are likely to become very familiar with industry terms related to energy conservation. Terms such as “U-Factor,” “R-Value,” and “solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC)” might make your eyes glaze over in some other context, but as a homeowner who wants to do everything possible to control utility costs, you will absolutely want to know what these terms mean – and how they affect your monthly heating or cooling bills.
You should start with the basics: double-pane windows from SoftLite incorporate two panes of glass, or “lites,” with one low-emissivity (Low-E) coating and our MagnaSeal™ Spacer – a thin wall spacer designed with bent corners to create an impermeable metal barrier that resists condensation and increases durability. The space between the lites is filled with insulating argon or krypton gas. Our extremely precise manufacturing process ensures a perfect fit every time with our vinyl windows, regardless of make, model, or shape.
Now, what about the energy-efficient properties of our double-pane windows? They all achieve low U-Factor and SGHC ratings, and one of the highest R-Values in the industry. In fact, our standards for these measurements of energy efficiency routinely exceed government standards for such distinctions as ENERGY STAR® labeling. But what do they mean? Here is a brief overview of these three important energy efficiency measurements:
Depending on the operating style and glass package you choose, SoftLite offers double-pane windows with a U-Factor as low as 0.17, a SHGC as low as 0.20, and an R-Value as high as 6.66. Of course, our triple-pane windows provide even better energy-performance ratings.
SoftLite has been a leading innovator in energy-efficient windows since 1934. To learn more about our double-pane windows, or for an estimate on replacement windows for your home, contact a SoftLite dealer near you. Don’t forget to ask about our limited lifetime warranty.
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