What Windows are Best for Maui, Part 2

For those living in warmer climates, Windows have different concerns than many other parts of the country. Earlier, we posted an article focused on window panes. This article will focus on glass and window-types. Let’s get into it.

Windows and Glass

Low-E Glass

Low-E glass, or low emissivity glass, has a coating that blocks ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) light while allowing the majority of visible light to enter your home. These types of glass block heat from the light, without losing the illumination. The temperature will be maintained and people inside may keep their lights off, saving on the energy bill. With the prominence of health concerns related to sun exposure Hawaii’s climate, Low-E glass. Some of the medical conditions resulting from unnecessary sun exposure include skin cancer, cataracts, and even sunburn. While all glass is great for preventing health concerns related to prolonged sun exposure, Low-E glass is most effective.

Multi-Pane Glass and Impact Resistance Glass

Triple-pane or double-pane windows use chemicals in the airtight space between layers of glass. The vacuum created improves insulation and reduces cooling costs. The added benefit of multi-pane glass is additional safety from wind and increased sound-proofing. Hawaii is often subject to extreme weather conditions like tsunamis, storms, and hurricanes. Thus, durable and impact-resistant glass is paramount. Be sure to get an impact-resistant glass. Your local building code might require you to have windows fitted with glass that will resist a minimum of 100mph. Part of living in Hawaii is dealing with winds and specific weather conditions.

Energy-Efficient Glass

Energyefficient glazing is the term used to describe the double glazing or triple glazing used in modern windows in homes. Energy-efficient glazing incorporates low-emissivity coated glass to prevent heat from escaping through the windows. This makes the windows highly thermally insulating hence improving the energy efficiency of your home and helping to save money on your air conditioning bills.

Popular Types of Windows for Hawaii

Louver Windows

Louver Windows are popular in Hawaii because they allow air to flow quickly, making an indoor temperature close to and outdoor temperature. In colder climates, louver windows are not popular because they allow precious heat to escape. While louvers are great in some of the naturally cool environments, show caution when installing a louver system in a hot area like Lahaina or Kihei. Louvers tend to let the air escape, which can increase cooling bills. In a cooler climate like Kula, Lovers can allow a home to feel cool and comfortable, without the use of an AC system. It’s also worth noting that Louvers may be more difficult to clean.

Sky Lights

Like Louvers, some skylights allow roofs to be entirely open. The warm air would usually get trapped in the top area of a home. A skylight allows this hot air to escape, rapidly cooling a home. Unlike louvers, skylights tend to seal up pretty well when closed so energy efficiency is less of a concern. However, be cautious if a skylight is accidentally left open, rain, and maybe some critters may arrive indoors when least expected.

Mahalo for Reading

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