New Windows Equals Less Energy Used
Written by: Corrie V. M Scott
Have you been living in your house for over 10 to 20 years? Or have you just purchased a fairly older home? Ever thought about how much electricity you may be wasting because your windows are up today? Or finally have you ever walked pass the window and felt a cool breeze even though the window is closed?All these signs could be signs of window repairs or window replacements. Window installs are actually on the top of most homeowners lists of things to do. The main reasons why, could vary from the types of windows that already exist on the home compared to the types of windows the new homeowner would like to install, energy ratings which has caused electricity bills to be more expensive, or resizing/ better quality of window products such as the frame time as well as the quality of window glass being used.
Over the next few paragraphs you can begin to understand why installing or replacing your windows with up-to-date more energy efficient windows is very important, let’s skip right into understanding the different types of windows and their framework.
There are several types of windows that mean you may not even be aware of; double and single hung windows, awning windows, basement windows, Palladian windows, box windows, bay windows, sliding windows, transom windows, as well as casement and picture windows. Who would’ve known all these window types exist, you may not have been aware but now in the process of selecting the right windows, the options you have varies. The best thing to do is to figure out your style design of your house, whether it be traditional or modern; And find the best up to date or matching windows to fit the exterior structure of your home. But most importantly with window types is important to know the type of glass work that is best for you to save energy. The common types of glass panes are double and triple. How double pane windows are a significant step up in energy saving from a single pane glass window, a triple pane glass window holds the best efficiency when it comes to saving energy in your home. Along with window types, framing types are just as important, some of the window types you may select may not always come in the correct frame type you would like. Based on a publication by HGTV.COM, below are some details surrounding a few window types we discussed earlier.
Double hung windows have two sashes that slide vertically up and down in the frame. They can open wide from either the top or the bottom, but they remain inside the frame so they don’t protrude out to the exterior or interior of the house.
Very similar to double-hung windows, single-hung has one major distinction: they only open from the bottom.
Casement windows are hinged and operate by a turn of a crank in an operating mechanism. They can be hinged on the left or the right to open outward.
Awning windows open outward to let in air from the left or right and the bottom, however they hinge at the top.They can be installed above, below or alongside a stationary or operating window
This is the window that lets in the maximum amount of light and views of the outdoors, however is stationary.
Mounted above a door or window to let in more light, a transom window can either be operable to let in air, or stationary.
More often used in modern- or contemporary-style houses and in basements. Sliding windows, glide on a track to have at least one operating window that slides horizontally over or past the other window.
Bay o Bow Windows
Finally, bay and/or bow windows give you more interior space, as they protrude out from a house’s exterior.
Frame types come in a variety of selections. These frame types include vinyl, fiberglass aluminum, and wood. The best out of all is considered, fiberglass. Fiberglass offers a wood like profile, however will not chip, warp, crack, or peel. Fiberglass is also the best at offering Energy efficiency. The least two efficient types of window framing or aluminum and wood. Even though aluminum will not crack or peel it is not high in efficiency as far as it is energy saving. And as it goes for wood, it will crack and peel as well as not save any energy. Other options like vinyl offers energy efficiency as well as they were not peel or crack, however, unlike the other three options vinyl is not paintable.
SAVING SOME MONEY
Another thing home owners look at when replacing their windows or the thought comes to mind on ways of to how to save energy, are costs and sizing. Sizing the window with the correct measurements is a sure fire guarantee the energy efficiency is not being wasted and your selection on new windows did not go in vain. Some of the average costs have been shocking to most Homeowners however understanding the savings of new window and stores can an hour away the frustrations of getting the installation completed. Comparisons from modernized.com shows us that the average homeowner spending roughly $200 a month on energy could save well over $700 a year if their windows are updated and more energy efficient. Home owners can also expect labor on an average to be anywhere to $35-$45 per hour. Which can lead a window install to be anywhere to an $150-$750 average per window. However, keep in mind that certain windows will cost more than other windows based on the type of window and framework, such as wood framed windows which could easily cost up to an average of $825 per window install. Besides saving energy and money throughout the year, with new window installs there is a big plus that many homeowners are not aware of, tax credits they can receive in certain states for new window installs which equals higher energy savings for not only you but your community and state as well.
Make sure you understand the installations and changes that are taking place in your house. Familiarize yourself with your current windows know their proportions, understand if they are double, single, or triple pane, as well as the type of window framing that is made out of. You want to know the types as we discussed, and you want to make sure that if you are changing up the window type or style matches the style of your home as well as installed properly. You definitely want to check your energy ratings when selecting a new window for installation, Energy Star is a great way to rate the window you are about to purchase. Keep in mind average costs and sizing of windows as we all know, play a huge factor on how many windows you would like to have installed if you’re not doing the whole house as well as preventing energy, heat, and cool air from a leaking out through cracks of the window from poor installation or as simple as your home buckling throughout the weather conditions over time.
Throughout in this blog we hope you have gained a little insight for some more knowledge as to all the things to consider when having your windows replaced. Any of you are like an expert on hand to help walk you through this process we here as Silverstone Remodeling, Inc., are more than just professionals. We are here to offer advice, suggest corrective plans, and offer you the best expertise you can’t find anywhere else.
So give us a call and a let our pros here at Silverstone Remodeling, Inc. help you start saving money and energy, today!
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