If you need to install new window in your home, make sure that your new windows are as energy efficient as possible. Here are three ways to ensure that your new windows will help keep your home warm and your energy costs down.
#1 Go For Multiple Panes
The first thing you need to do is make sure that you are upgrading the number of panes in your windows. Most older windows are either single paned or sometimes double paned. However, most modern windows are triple paned. Triple-paned windows have gas in between the layers of glass. This gas in between the panes of glass help provide additional insulation from the cold and heat. Additionally, having multiple panes of glass will also help reduce the amount of sound that makes its way into your home.
There are also quadruple-paned window on the market; however, they are very expensive and are only marginally better at keeping your window sealed.
#2 Go For A Frame That Doesn't Transmit Heat
Second, you want to use a frame that does not transmit heat, cold, and moisture that well. You want to use a frame that provides a good level of insulation. Aluminum frames conduct heat and can contribute to your windows frosting in the winter. Wood frames do not conduct heat but require more upkeep than other options. Vinyl is great at resisting the transfer of heat and is really easy to take care of. Wood or vinyl frames are your best options if you are looking to reduce energy lost around your windows.
#3 Think Carefully About The Type Of Window
Finally, think carefully about the style or type of window that you want to install. Double-hung windows allow you to open both the top and bottom of your window at the same time. However, double hung windows are not as tightly fit against the frames as other styles of windows and can be hard to keep well sealed.
Both casement windows and awning windows are the most energy efficient types of windows to install in your home. They fit really tight up against the frame, which helps prevent air from seeping in and out around your window. Since they only open one way, it is easier to keep them well sealed.
When you purchase new windows for you home, make sure that they have multiple panes of glass, have a frame that doesn't transmit heat, and have a window style that will keep your home warm. Taking these steps will help keep your home warmer during the winter and cooler during the summer. For more information, contact local professionals like Pat's Doors Inc.