PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 27, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- AJ's Windows and Gutters
, a Chicago-based company that cleans gutters and windows, understands how important "Going Green" is for the environment. The business believes that every residential, commercial, and industry property owner should do their part in order to optimize energy efficiency to make the world a greener place. Not a window manufacturer itself, the company believes that building owners who invest in high-quality, energy-efficient windows will not regret it.
According to a recent article
on Sourcable, Industry News & Analysis, green engineering is booming for windows. A professor from the University of Toronto collaborated with engineers at Harvard University to design an energy-efficient window solution. The "bio-inspired" windows attempt to increase thermal regulation (i.e. raise or lower building temperature) by emulating organic vascular structures.
"What innovative engineers are doing for homeowners and businesses looking to go green is fascinating," a representative from AJ's Windows and Gutters says. "We have known for years that going green is going to be hard; over time, however, these innovations and high-tech solutions like bio-windows, solar power, wind energy, and geothermal heating and cooling are becoming accessible, affordable, and understandable for consumers."
The bio-window project team leader explained how 40 percent of a home or building's energy costs are affected by glass windows. When it comes to thermal efficiency, windows are no better place to start. The team of experts looked at nature for inspiration and organisms that have become efficient at heat transfer.
Thin sheets of polydimethysiloxane, or PDMS, were designed by the engineers to emulate plant and animal vascular systems. The sheets are made up of criss-crossing channels that look like veins and arteries. One reason the team decided to go this route is because water-engorged veins can reduce indoor temperature by six degrees Celsius, a figure that applies to buildings big and small. The channels are incredibly small and extend across the entire transparent layer of a window.
Though the technology is new and not alone in its innovative approach, this solution is good news for homes looking to go green, reduce energy costs, and become less dependent on air conditioners and fans. One way for homes to stay cool in the summers is to use thick shades to block out thermal radiation; conversely, windows with thin shades or left bare in the winter let in additional light and heat. This new thermal control system, however, is capable of actively reducing the temperature of a room at little-to-no energy cost.
"There already exists several ways for homes to become more efficient," AJ's Windows and Gutters says. "Alternative energy, for instance, like photovoltaic, allows homes to passively generate clean and free electricity."
Solar power, however, requires high installation costs and is slightly dependent upon the brightness and positioning of the sun. The innovators behind PDMS windows suggested that the same technology is potentially applicable to solar panels. By installing the vascular water network over photovoltaic cells, the water is heated and stored. AJ's Windows and Gutters knows that these technologies have a ways to go before they are mainstream, but is looking forward to a greener future.
Founded in 1991, AJ's Windows and Gutters has become a Chicago staple for homeowners. The company offers trusted, safe, and quality services at affordable costs. AJ's sees a rising trend among its clients that home and business owners are actively seeking green energy solutions.