It goes almost without saying that most homeowners today are looking for ways to replace their worn out windows with new ones that are more durable, perform better, are energy efficient and look good. In other words, they want better alternatives that are more efficient that the common steel, aluminum or wooden windows that most homes have. Unfortunately, people consider windows as expensive.
Well, they are not. If anything, they are an investment which if made wisely, not only increases the value of a home, but also cuts down on energy bills, increases comfort and significantly reduces maintenance cost. To achieve all these, put the following factors into consideration when shopping for replacement windows.
It is almost impossible to think of a window without glasses, since glasses represent the largest areas of windows. They also have the biggest impact on energy loss. Fortunately, glass technology has made mammoth strides. Thinks like low emissivity, low conduit spaces, gas filling and LOW E, and coatings have significantly reduced the amount of energy that flows through glasses. LOW E windows for instance are known to be extremely efficient. They have an almost invisible metallic coating that can reflect heat back inside during winter and reflect it outside during summer. To be on the safe side, go for high tech windows from reputable window manufacturers. Keep off windows made with regular clear glasses that are not coated.
- Energy efficiency
Inert gases like krypton and argon are normally used to improve energy efficiency of glass windows. That said and done, always insist on such energy efficient windows. They are less conductive than normal air as they reduce energy losses between the air spaces on the two panes of glass. This is made possible by warm edge spacers that separate glass panes which decrease heat loss by the spacer channel and reduces condensation on the glass edges.
There are so many window styles out there. You may have to consult a designer or do more research on your own to find out which style fits your home. Either way, standard styles are often determined by architects. You can however change window styles, add bows and bays, change opening sizes or simply do one or two things that will dramatically have an impact on the appearance on for home. Whatever you do, make sure the style you go for allows more air and natural light in.