Understanding Energy-Efficient Solutions

Windows have evolved from mere openings in walls to integral components that enhance comfort and energy efficiency in modern homes. While they cover a small percentage of the total wall area, windows can account for a significant amount of energy loss, leading to higher costs for homeowners.

Let’s explore how energy-efficient windows can transform your home’s environment and reduce your energy expenses.

Interesting Facts

Cost-Efficient, Economical, Reduced Bills
Cozy, Pleasant, Draft-Free
Eco-Friendly, Green, Reduced Carbon Footprint

The Importance of Energy-Efficient Windows

Energy-efficient windows offer multiple benefits beyond just keeping the weather elements at bay. They can:

Improve Comfort and Reduce Drafts

Good windows eliminate drafts, ensuring a more comfortable living environment for you and your family.

Provide Noise Reduction

Energy-efficient windows block exterior noise, creating a peaceful ambiance inside your home.

Preserve Your Furnishings

They offer fade protection to your carpeting and furnishings, extending their appearance and longevity.

Enhance Home Value

Investing in energy-efficient windows can increase the value of your home, making it an appealing choice for potential buyers.

Understanding Window Components

Energy-efficient windows consist of three vital parts: glazing or glass, edge spacers, and frames. Each component plays a crucial role in your home’s overall comfort and energy conservation.

Glazing or Glass

  • Single-paned windows provide little insulation, while two or three panes offer improved energy efficiency.
  • Low-E glass uses a colorless, invisible coating to reflect heat, making double-paned windows as effective as triple-paned ones.
  • Heat Mirror™ technology suspends a thin, clear, polyester film with low-E coating between two panes of glass for even greater energy efficiency.
  • Some windows have krypton or argon gas between the panes, which reduces heat transfer more effectively than air.

Edge Spacers

  • Older windows used aluminum edge spacers that conduct heat rapidly. Modern windows use materials like structural foam, slowing down heat transfer and boosting energy efficiency.


  • Metal frames conduct heat quickly, but those with thermal breaks (plastic inserts separating the inside metal from the outside) conserve energy.
  • Wood frames conduct heat slowly, but they require more maintenance. Some wood windows are available with metal cladding to reduce the need for painting.
  • Vinyl frames provide efficiency comparable to wood and require less upkeep.

Choosing the Right Windows

When selecting new windows, consider factors like your budget and window orientation. Look for U-values displayed on windows, measuring the entire window unit’s efficiency.

Lower U-values mean less heat transfer between indoor and outdoor air, resulting in better energy conservation. Shading Coefficient (SC) and Air Filtration (AF) are other measures of window energy efficiency to consider.

Proper Installation is Key

Even the most energy-efficient window requires proper installation for optimal performance. Weatherizing and insulating windows during installation is essential, and qualified installers can ensure your windows perform to their full potential.

At Western Windows, we offer expert advice and top-quality energy-efficient windows tailored to your needs. Our skilled team guarantees 100% satisfaction with our products, installation, and customer service. Contact us now for a no-obligation in-home estimate and take the first step towards a more comfortable, energy-efficient home.



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Glenn Walsh
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Western Windows came highly recommended to us from one of their former customers. We still shopped around and got a few quotes from other companies. Although Western Windows were not the lowest price, it was evident their product is superior. We also liked the fact they are a family run business and their products are built locally in Calgary. But what really sets Western Windows apart from the other companies is their customer service. From their receptionists, to installers, to the owners of the company, their customer service is outstanding. We replaced ten windows and one sliding patio door. From the time of our initial contact, to the completion of the installation, this has been an easy, and pleasant experience. Thank you, Jeremy, and everyone at Western Windows! We highly recommend your company. Wendy and Steve
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Marlene Stelmack
We are incredibly pleased with the customer service, responsiveness and quality workmanship that Western Windows has provided. Jeremy and the install team were phenomenal. Many companies can learn what impeccable customer service is about from these folks. They replaced our back door, frame and windows. Amazing job. We will use them for future projects and recommend to others.
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