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House Heating Up for Summer?

Glass Doctor® has the prescription for lower energy costs

WACO, Texas (June 26, 2014) – As temperatures begin to rise, energy costs become a more important consideration.  In an effort to keep homes cool, people are looking for products that can help keep their homes comfortable while minimizing energy costs.

Replacing older windows with new ones that have the U.S. Government’s ENERGY STAR designation can lower household energy bills by as much as 15 percent while decreasing the home’s carbon footprint.  According to the ENERGY STAR website (, replacing single-pane windows in a home with ENERGY STAR windows can save up to 500 dollars per year, while replacing double-pane windows with the more energy-efficient ones can save about 250 dollars per year.

So, how does upgrading windows lead to energy costs savings?  Glass Doctor has some products to consider helping keep that energy cost down and homes cool.

Insulated glass units (IGUs) are windows made from two or more pieces of glass separated by a sealed air space.  They can help balance a home’s indoor climate by reducing cold transmittance during winter and heat gain from outside during summer.  As a result, air conditioning and heating systems should run less, saving energy costs.

Low-emissivity glass is another product that can help control the climate in a home.  This type of glass has a thin, metallic coating that blocks up to 98 percent of UV rays and reduces energy loss by 30 to 50 percent. As a result, this glass lets sunlight in without heat.  While keeping homes cool and energy costs down, low-emissivity windows also protect home furnishings by reducing fading caused by direct exposure to sunlight by as much as 75 percent.

Be sure to consult your local Glass Doctor for more information on products that can reduce energy costs by combatting the summer heat.