What does it mean to feel comfortable? For some, it’s a favourite spot on the couch with the TV on and a big bowl of something tasty. It could also be a sense of safety, security or well-being, or having a clear idea of the future. These are all factors that can influence feelings of comfort.
What about windows? You don’t usually associate a window with comfort. That’s because they are made of hard materials like wood, glass and metal. You wouldn’t sit on a window, or try to take a snooze on one. However, they can play a huge role in how comfortable you feel within your home.
In order for a room to feel comfortable, it should have the right air temperature—not too hot or too cold. It should be free of drafts, and have consistent humidity and temperature, regardless of the weather outside. Windows are getting better and better and providing this service. Products like JELD-WEN’s ENERGY STAR approved Tripane windows with Low-emissive (Low-E) coating can give you complete control over the room temperature in your house.
Tripane windows are one of JELD-WEN’s most energy efficient products to date. These windows have three panes of glass instead of two, and provide superior insulation and energy savings. Depending on the climate that you live in, upgrading your dualpane windows to tripane windows could have a significant effect on your home’s overall performance.
Low-E glass can even help harness the outside elements when needed, to reduce heating and cooling costs. For example, if you have a big south-facing window that draws too much heat in the afternoon, there is a Low-E coating that can increase heat resistance. On the other hand, if you have an east-facing window that you want to use to increase heat gain in the morning, there is a specific Low-E coating that is designed for heat transference.
This is what we call Comfort Engineering—taking a closer look at each and every window in your home, with the goal of maximizing your comfort. Another element of comfort engineering involves choosing stationary vs. operational windows. Depending on your climate and the direction the window is facing, deciding to make a window operable instead of fixed or picture, could allow for soothing ventilation.
If you have questions about comfort engineering, Low-E glass, or tripane windows, speak with your local JELD-WEN dealer or window and door contractor. We work together with our dealer and contractor network to provide homeowners with cozy, comfortable houses that they love to call home.