There are many benefits to investing in double pane replacement windows. They make your home warmer in the winter and easier to cool in the summer. They add value to your property by increasing curb appeal, and they are also safer and easier to operate than old single-pane windows. Here are a few tips to help you install your new windows and start saving money.
Start by visiting the Energy Star website to find out what climate zone you reside in and what kinds of windows are best suited to your area. In the south, you may want to invest in windows with special coatings that will reduce glare and keep the heat from the sun out of your home. In the north, you want windows that will allow the sun’s warmth to enter in the wintertime. You can determine which windows are right for you by looking at the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient. A higher number is desirable in the north where you want heat from the sun to warm your home, but you should look for a lower SHGC in the south to keep the sun’s heat out.
Modern double-pane windows are available with krypton or argon gas between the panes. This extra layer of insulation minimizes heat loss and makes your windows more efficient. It’s a standard feature on most energy efficient windows, and it makes a huge difference in how energy efficient your windows are.
It’s important to have the windows installed properly. They should be level and plumb for proper functioning. If they are not installed correctly, they will be more likely to break and they won’t be as energy efficient. Once the windows are in place, any gaps should be filled with insulation. Spray foam is acceptable and easy to work with, but you should take care not to overfill the cavity as this can cause damage. Fiberglass is a better choice, but some people are allergic to it and should wear gloves. With the insulation in place, install the trim. Finish off the edges with caulk or weatherstripping to close up any gaps and ensure that the window is efficient.
There is no doubt that your home can benefit from replacement windows. They are easier to work than aging windows, and they are far more energy efficient. People in older homes with single pane windows report lowering their utility bills enough to recoup their window investment in just a few short years. However, you may want to consider professional installation to ensure that they will work properly and be as energy efficient as possible.