From great locations to hard-to-beat affordability, there are all sorts of reasons why home shoppers are increasingly setting their sites on older homes. These homes offer a sense of history and unique architecture that simply can't be found in a new home, but historic homes often come with one serious drawback: energy efficiency.
That's where we come in. The experts at Glass Doctor® of Victoria specialize in installing new, energy efficient windows in older homes. From double pane windows to low-emissivity (Low-E) glass, we will dramatically improve the energy efficiency of your historic home.
Double Pane Windows
A type of high-efficiency insulated glass unit, double pane windows reduce heat transmittance. This keeps heat from escaping in winter, and reduces heat gain from outside in summer. The result is improved comfort and reduced energy costs year-round.
Double pane windows consist of two pieces of glass, separated by an insulating spacer. When properly installed and tightly sealed, the airtight space between the panes provides a highly effective barrier against heat gain and loss. The perimeter of the window unit is sealed with a high-grade sealant, and in many cases, argon or krypton gas is added to the airspace between the panes for even more insulation.
At Glass Doctor of Victoria, we install double pane windows on homes of all kinds. Our specialists are often able to install insulated glass replacements in your existing window frames, giving you all the benefits of double pane windows without having to get all-new windows.
Low Emissivity (Low-E) Glass Windows
Low-E glass is another option to improve energy efficiency in older homes. This is a special type of glass that has gained popularity in both office and residential settings, utilizing an ultra-thin metallic coating to provide several benefits:
- Reduced heat gain, resulting in easier climate control and lower energy costs
- Shielding from UV radiation, which protects your carpets, draperies and furniture from fading and sun damage
- A 10 percent reduction in visible light transmission, reducing glare and making it easier to read, watch TV and use your phone, computer or tablet comfortably
Our specialists will install Low-E panes in your existing window frames, allowing you to maintain the original vintage look of your home. As Environment Canada points out, a historic window with Low-E pane has been shown to perform just as well as a complete window replacement.
The Victoria area is filled with a wide variety of beautiful, architecturally stunning homes that have been around for decades, or even centuries. As gorgeous as these historic homes are, most of them were built before modern advancements in energy efficiency. Contact Glass Doctor of Victoria today, and let our experts help you get the most out of your home!