Winter is coming up quicker than you think. It was only about a year ago that those in the East Coast would be in the midst of a Halloween Nor’easter, which confused many Americans who just wanted to dress up like Harry Potter and ask strangers for candy. Although the rest of the winter was relatively warm, there is no guarantee that this will happen again.
If we get a winter like the one before with the Groundhog Day Blizzard, you can be sure that you’re going to need as much heat as possible. Besides a good heater, you’re going to need to make sure that heat isn’t escaping through your windows. If it is, you may have to look into a window replacement estimate.
Energy Efficient Windows
If you’re in the market for new windows, you’re going to want energy efficient windows to ensure that you’re not losing energy, which could force you to use more energy to make up for the lost heat and cost you big time come the end of the month.
There are many things you’ll have to look at to determine the right windows for you that are also energy efficient. According to the Department of Energy, you should get window frames that are made of vinyl, fiberglass or composite. Wood is not the best option because of the inevitable expansion and contraction during hot and cold months, and aluminum is a poor insulator. Vinyl, fiberglass or composite are your best options for frames.
Types of Window Glass
When it comes to windows glass, there are many options as well. Glass fills, tints, insulated glass, low-E coatings and reflective coatings are just some of the options out there. Each offers its own set of affordances and constraints, so you should speak to a window professional to learn what works best for your home. Additionally, you’ll want to look at the type of window. Each type of window allows for a variety of air leakage – awnings, casement and hopper windows are generally better if you want lower air leakage.
Once you know the type of window and what frames and glass you want, you’ll want to find window installation professionals who will provide you the best value for their services. Seek a window replacement estimate and ask many questions to determine whether or not the installation company will be a good match for what you want. If you take the time to do your research you should have a very warm and comfortable winter.
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