As more homes consider eco-friendly approaches to building, energy efficient windows have become more sought-after than ever. One of the most popular trends in the last few years has been smart windows that keep you cool in summer and warm in winter. Smart windows also offer numerous other benefits, from improved sound insulation to resistance against wind and condensation, and even enhanced security.

Energy efficient windows are an excellent way to increase your home’s energy performance. By choosing the right double glazing, you have the ability to control the amount of heat that enters or escapes from your windows. Keeping homes cool in summer and warm in winter, ParaGone offers a range of solutions through our SmartGlass Solutions, which include our fully customised X1 and X2 ranges.

Before we share some of the benefits offered by smart glass windows, it is important to understand the qualities that you will need to look for when selecting your windows. Some things to keep in mind include the following:

  • U-Value measures the window’s ability to conduct non-solar heat loss or gain. The lower the U-Value, the more effectively it will insulate. A lower U-Value is ideal for all climates, as it prevents heat gain in summer and heat loss in winter.
  • Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) measures the amount of sunlight that flows through the window. The lower the SHGC, the less effectively solar heat is transmitted. In cooler climates, a higher SHCG is ideal for north-facing windows in winter. In summer, however, shading will be required to prevent solar heat gain. In warmer climates such as KZN, a lower SHCG is recommended.

You will also need to consider the light transmission (the amount of light allowed through the glass – a higher amount indicates a higher degree of daytime comfort) as well as the relative heat gain (total heat gain through the glass).

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Top Reasons to Consider Energy-Efficient Windows

What makes energy-efficient windows such an excellent investment? For starters, here are just a few benefits of smart glass windows:

Improved thermal insulation.

Keeping warmth in during winter and warmth out during summer, these windows help you enjoy full control over your home’s temperature. If you live in a warm climate, it is especially important to have the ability to manage insulation. Smart windows have the ability to keep homes cool even in the hottest of climates. In cooler climates meanwhile, homes can stay warm without losing heat.

Improved sound insulation

Double glazing also offers the benefit of effective sound insulation. This means that noise will be filtered and reduced by your windows. This is sure to be great news for those who enjoy entertaining but don’t wish to disturb nearby neighbours. It is also ideal for families with children and pets.

Improved security.

This type of window can also offer added security. Double glazed windows are often stronger than regular glass windows, making them a more secure option than non-glazed windows. This, in turn, helps to increase the value of your property as an investment, while also giving you full peace of mind.

Improved weather resistance.

These windows are wind resistant, with minimised condensation and better overall resistance to storms,  rain and various other adverse weather conditions. Here in KZN, this is essential to protect your home against weather damage.

Improved solar energy control.

Finally, energy-wise windows can also provide a far more effective level of solar energy control. This helps you adapt to the sun’s rays, protecting your windows without the risk of damage over time.

As one of the few selected window specialists in KZN that have been nominated to fit the new X1 and X2 SmartGlass windows, ParaGone is the ideal partner for your eco-friendly window installation. Contact us today to find out more about our energy-efficient windows.