Often a cold interior or wind sneaking inside a house is caused by old or improperly installed windows, being easily solvable so you can stay warm and minimize your heating costs.
Windows lose heat from direct contact with the cold on the glass or glazing, the frame, and any air leakage. Newer windows have better functionalities and features that are more energy efficient and durable than older options, also making your home quieter since those cracks and crevices will be filled. As well as keeping in the heat during the cold months, they can also keep cool air in and hot air out during warm months.
If you are looking to install new windows or Essex glazing but are worried about the cost associated, rest assured that doing so can actually save you money in the long run by not having to worry about extortionate heating costs. To help you make the best decision for you, consider the following:
· Metal frames
Although being a much more sturdy and often cheaper option, they can also tend to let heat escape at a quicker rate which minimizes energy efficiency.
· Wood frames
Offering an aesthetically pleasing option as well as insulating significantly better than metal frames, wood frames keep out both cold and noise. However, they require frequent maintenance such as paint and sealant since they deteriorate quicker.
· Vinyl frames
Being a common type of window frame replacement, vinyl frames are durable and a great insulator. They are also some of the most affordable frames out there, being a great option for those on a budget.
· Fiberglass frames
Being the most energy-efficient option, fiberglass frames are capable of retaining the largest amount of heat inside your home. The air cavities can be filled with insulation which gives stability and longevity.
There are many advantages to choosing windows that are insulated; they reduce the amount of heat escaping your home, soundproof the inside, and prevent noise pollution from the outside. Double glazing a window means using two panes of glass instead of one, being harder to break and open from the outside, increasing the security of your house.
If you ever choose to sell your house, double-glazed windows increase property value as they are a more desirable addition. The downsides to insulated windows include the initial cost which can be high and the cost if any breakages happen to occur, requiring a complete replacement rather than a repair.
Another option is gas fills. Gas fills are essential when minimizing the transfer of heat between the inside and outside of your home and if your windows have a gas leak, the air is more likely to be seeping through. Window manufacturers most often use argon or krypton gases to fill the air spaces between the glass panels which makes the two gases odorless, non-toxic, and clear to look at.