Understanding the Importance of Thermal Breaks
The operating principle behind windows and doors used in commercial applications is very much based on the principles of thermodynamics. Windows and doors are made up of several components which, when assembled, constitute a complete unit. The two main components of windows and doors are glass and frames. Both must be designed in such a way to facilitate heat transfer in both directions: from the interior to the exterior, or the other way around… Okay, but seriously, what does that mean?
Questions About Thermal Breaks
As a builder, property manager, or business owner, you might have a few questions about thermal breaks. These are the systems that are used to protect openings in commercial buildings from the thermal transfer that leads to energy loss.
What is a Thermal Break?
A thermal break is meant to stop energy transfer between indoor and outdoor areas, increasing your commercial windows’ energy efficiency. Thermal breaks are a crucial component in certain commercial window applications. Intended as a way to keep heat from entering or escaping, these breaks have varying degrees of functionality, depending on the quality of the installation. In many instances, thermal breaks are overlooked as a factor in overall energy efficiency.
Why Do Commercial Windows Need Thermal Breaks?
Putting your soda pop on the framing of your windows to keep it cold… let’s be honest… we’ve all done this. The reason we could do this is due to no or poor thermal break components in our window systems. Thermal breaks are one of the most important aspects of your windows. It’s what stops cold air from traveling through the window seal and into a building and prevents heat loss, which can cost you big money—especially in large commercial buildings.
The Advantages of Thermal Breaks for Commercial Windows
Understanding the benefits of thermal breaks in windows is important for updating the energy designs of commercial buildings. Adding thermal breaks to windows will help lower energy bills and reduce the impact of rising energy costs for your property. In addition, they can help your building reduce its carbon footprint. You will be saving money, and making an impact on our environment. It’s a win-win.
Taking a deeper look at the advantages of thermal breaks for commercial window applications:
Thermal Breaks Save Energy
When it comes to saving energy with window systems, thermal breaks are the unsung heroes. They are typically hidden from view—but don’t let their modesty fool you. Thermal breaks have a powerful impact on how your building maintains optimal room temperatures throughout the year. To keep any building comfortable, it must be able to retain the heat that comes in and allow it to escape during colder months. In commercial buildings, this can translate into a lot of savings on energy and reduced operating costs. The need to have extensive perimeter heating/cooling is eliminated.
Thermal Breaks Stop Drafts That Lead to Other Problems
In addition to energy saving, they are also important in protecting sensitive equipment like electronics and IT infrastructure from dust and particles in the outside air. Even more important, is maintaining air quality conditions for a building’s occupants.
Windows are the number one way the majority of your home or business will lose energy. Thermal breaks in windows are intended to stop that transfer. Contact FreMarq Innovations Inc to evaluate your windows and start planning thermal break solutions to reduce energy loss and more.