How Do Insulating Windows Work?

windowIf you’re thinking of replacing your windows and wonder what different types are available, here is some information from Generations Windows.

Doubleength Glass Doubleength glass provides greater structural integrity and added strength while helping to buffer the intrusion of unwanted outside noise entering the home.

LoE²-270® Soft Coat Glass Low E glass blocks solar energy and provides an improved U-value, while offering an exterior appearance similar to clear glass.

LoE³-366® Glass This ultimate performance glass delivers the ideal balance of solar control and high visibility, making it the perfect glass no matter where you live. LoE³-366 sets the new standard.

Intercept® Spacer System Featuring the unique U-channel design, the Intercept® spacer system offers improved conduction rates by reducing the energy transfer between glass panes. In addition, this spacer flexes with temperature fluctuations to maintain an effective seal.

Supercept™ Spacer System Using the same design features of the Intercept™ spacer system, Supercept™ spacer system is made from stainless steel, an alloy known for its unsurpassed strength, durability and resistance to corrosion. The Supercept™ spacer system delivers the strongest choice for thermal performance, structural integrity and reliability to maximize your new window investment.

Super Spacer® Super Spacer® does not conduct energy as quickly as aluminum or steel spacers. So conduction and condensation rates are dramatically lowered. The non-metallic foam is both strong and flexible, so the I.G. unit maintains an airtight seal.

Argon & Krypton Gas Argon is an odorless, colorless, non-toxic gas that is six times denser than air. When placed between glass panes in insulating glass units, it helps reduce temperature transfer. Even denser than Argon gas, Krypton gas maximizes energy efficiency and reduces temperature transfer even further.

Laminated Glass Laminated glass combines two panes of glass adhered to a clear, puncture resistant, durable plastic interlayer. The benefits include increased sound control, UV protection, safety and security. When struck with force, the glass will shatter, but will remain adhered to the laminate layer, providing protection against forced entry.

We are proud to install Simonton Generations Windows. They have ranked highest among Customer Satisfaction for four consecutive years by J.D. Power and Associates!

Contact us for a free estimate and more information on how we can help save you energy with new windows that are right for you!

(source: Generations Windows)

Liberty Builders of Texas



What is Radiant Barrier?

Living in South Texas, you know that our weather changes day by day, sometimes by the hour. We go from extreme heat in the summer to some pretty darn cold winters as well. These changing climates can cause spikes in your energy bills. And Radiant Barrier can help fight the elements and the bills.

Radiant Barrier is maintenance and hassle free. Once it is installed, you don’t have to think about it again, just reap the benefits. The Material used to make the Liberty UV Radiant Barrier is the same material that keeps NASA Astronauts from losing body heat in the intense cold in outer space. Even the Space Shuttle‘s outer tiles and other areas contain similar radiant barrier products to combat intense heat and cold. This same type of technology is used in creating our Radiant Barrier Product line, giving YOU the latest in cutting edge materials.

Call us for a free estimate and to learn more about how to keep your AC and Heat INSIDE your home instead of letting it escape … along with your money . . .

We look forward to helping you!

Liberty Builders of Texas


Ways to Stay Warm and Save Money

People living in cold climates, or even during the few cold months here in South Texas, can spend a lot of money on energy bills trying to keep their home warm.  Good insulation and products like radiant barrier are simple answers to keeping the heat inside your home.  But there are other tricks you employ to lower those energy bills as well.

The first thing to understand is that you lose more heat from your surroundings than by just the passage of air.  For example, if you come in the cold house and turn the heat on, your walls, furniture, floors, etc, are still cold and take longer to warm up.

Here are some ideas to combat this cold and “take the chill off” the house.

Close Your Curtains At Night

Sun may have streamed through your windows during the day, but those windows turn very cold at night and take quite a while to warm up.  Close your drapes and lower your blinds right after the sun goes down in the evening.

Cover Your Walls

Brick and Stone are better insulators than the glass in your windows but they still get very cold and let heat escape.  You can reduce this heat loss but simply decorating.  Pictures, mirrors, tapestries, even posters add an extra layer of insulation.  Even better are book shelves or built-ins, which provide more thermal protections.

Cover Your Front Door

Doors can let in drafts, especially thin doors.  Keeping the door weather stripping in place and with full coverage will help,  Also, covering your door and the surrounding wall with a thick lined door curtain can eliminate pretty much all the heat loss.

Use Screens

Even if you can’t reduce heat loss from doors and walls, using fire screens at the fire place can help.  Back in pioneer days, people used to draw up wooden screens behind themselves and huddle up to the fire. Being at room temperature, the screens kept their backs warm, while radiation from the fire heated up their front.

Keep Your Furniture in the Center of your Home

Different parts of your house may feel warmer than others even though the air temperature is the same throughout the home.  Staying in the middle of the room can keep you warmer, so try to put your furniture against an interior wall.  If the head of your bed is against an exterior wall, solid headboards will be a barrier against the cold.

Staying informed about how heat moves through your home can help you brave the cold.  Stay warm!


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