Improving the insulation of your home isn't just good for the environment; it's also good for your personal comfort. If you're tired of sitting by cold, drafty windows, a new window installation may be just what you need. But certain types of windows are more energy-efficient than others.
Which windows should you consider if indoor comfort is important to you?
New Windows Are Designed With Energy-Efficiency in Mind
In the old days, homes came with simple, single-paned windows that didn't do much to keep the temperature well-balanced. Today, most energy-efficient windows are double-paned. They have two sheets of glass, with gas in between. That gas insulates the window more effectively by separating the outside and inside environment, and improving the energy-efficiency of your home. A new window installation will almost always be more energy efficient than an older installation.
Installation Matters for Energy Efficiency
Energy efficiency doesn’t happen with just the window itself. It's also about the frames and the quality of the installation. If the window isn't installed properly, it will have gaps that can let air through.
Some contractors rely on things like expanding foam to make up for these gaps, but over time, expanding foam will degrade, and the insulation will fail. When installing new windows in your home, it's both important to select the right windows and to select the right contractor.
The Most Efficient Styles of Window
What exactly makes a window energy efficient? First, it's the surface area. While garden windows are attractive, they have more surface area with which to heat or cool your home. Second, it's the insulation. Windows that open in multiple ways are naturally going to be at a disadvantage, because there are more areas which can leak.
Here are the three most popular types of energy-efficient window:
● Casement windows. Casement windows open on a hinge. Sometimes they even have cranks that open and close them for better control. Casement windows provide additional utility compared to picture windows because they can open to let air in.
They also tend to seal well, as their hinges can provide additional tension. If you want a window that can easily open and close, but you still want to preserve your insulation, a casement window is a solid choice.
● Double- or Single-Hung windows. With a single-hung window, the bottom pane of glass slides upward. You can control how much air you let into your home with this style of window, which lets you easily equalize the temperature. With a double-hung window, you can lift either the bottom or the top pane, which means you have finer control over the air that comes in.
Schedule a New Window Installation Today
Are you ready to get started? Window contractors can take a look at your existing frames and give you advice on the right windows to install. Contact Paskar Construction today for a free estimate.