In last week’s post, we began by talking about how today’s homeowner is more energy-conscious than ever before. Thus, we are always on the lookout for new ways to make our homes more energy-efficient. There are four primary factors to consider: the frame, glass, design, and installation. Today we will focus on the last two.
There are three major types of window designs: double-hung, casement, and picture windows. Each of them has their strengths, and some are more efficient than others.
- Double-hung Windows – A traditional window in many homes across the country. You may have these if the bottom of the window slides up to open the unit. They can be efficient choices, but not always the best in really extreme climates. They tend to allow air to flow in between the sliding panes.
- Casement Windows – You may find more of these in areas where it’s windy. They tend to have a crank that that swings the window out to open and will seal itself and pushes inward when the wind blows in toward the house. There is some maintenance involved, but it’s well worth it as they help with energy-efficiency.
- Picture Windows – These are the kind of windows that don’t really open and may be used in many office buildings and residential areas in all shapes and sizes. However, the type of glass here is extremely important for energy-efficiency.
Finally, the question you should ask yourself, are these windows being installed correctly? You may have paid for the most energy-efficient windows, but without proper installation, you will not keep the heat out. Find a professional that doesn’t rely too much on expanding foams or sealants as this will not be a long-term solution as these materials aren’t always waterproof. If proper caulking is not done with extreme attention to detail, you may find yourself with leaks coming into your home. Be sure to waterproof your home before the windows are installed for the best results.
Need expert advice? Let our team here at Superior Window Company help you and guide you through the process. Call us today.