Hot summer weather is just around the corner. Now's the time to upgrade your windows through window glass replacement so that you can keep your utility bills low in the coming months no matter how hot it gets outside. 

The replacement windows you choose to have installed in your home have a huge impact on how easy it is for the summer heat to penetrate your home. The following are just three simple examples of things you can do when choosing your new windows that will create a strong barrier against uncomfortable summer heat this year:

Using low-E window glass

Low-emissivity windows are specially designed to reflect heat so that it is unable to pass over glass window panes. This special type of window glass is now available in all different kinds of replacement windows, including vinyl windows, casement windows, bay windows, and more.

Window glass is turned into low-emissivity glass when it is coated with a multi-layer coating applied on the interior of the pane when the window is manufactured. Low-emissivity coatings are capable of blocking out both infrared and ultraviolet light, making them highly effective at halting heat transfer. 

Getting windows with low-conductance spacers

Multi-pane windows are best able to block heat transfer when they are built with low-conductance spacers. These are built into windows along with seals that ensure that a layer of gas stays in between window panes. This layer of gas has an insulating effect that prevents heat and cold from passing through the window.

Particular gases such as argon and krypton are frequently used as gas filler within these low-conductance spacers because they are known to be most effective at providing insulation. Because krypton is a more dense gas than argon, it is generally more effective at providing a layer of insulation between panes. 

Choosing a frame material that minimizes heat transfer across your window

The choice of your frame material can have a huge impact on the insulating properties of your windows. Certain frame materials provide some additional insulation while others are good conductors of heat and cold.

Aluminum is a very good conductor of heat and cold, and this means that it is not a very good window frame material choice if you're looking to create a barrier to temperature extremes outside. On the other hand, wood and vinyl are good choices because they do not readily allow heat and cold to pass through the window.

Between vinyl and wood, vinyl is generally the most affordable and requires the least maintenance. However, some homeowners prefer the appearance of wood windows. To learn more, contact a company like Sarnia Glass Ltd.