In older homes, windows are often one of the largest sources of heat loss in winter due to their low insulating ability and high air leakage rates. Windows are also generally the major source of unwanted heat gain in the summer. As a result, windows are typically net energy losers, and can be responsible for 25 to 50 percent of the energy used to heat and cool homes. However, improved windows, combined with proper consideration of their placement and other details, can result in windows that provide a net energy gain.
- In addition to dollar savings, better windows can:
- Improve comfort
- Inside temperature of the glass is closer to room temperature
- Drafts are reduced or eliminated
- Eliminate condensation
- Allow installation of smaller capacity heating and cooling equipment
- Reduce fading of carpets and furniture fabrics
Window Replacement Factors to Consider
Selecting your replacement windows on your project will be designed to make your house a more comfortable place to live as well as making it more energy efficient. You may get the chance, too, to change the size of your windows or change their style and what they’re made of. If you change from wood framed to vinyl framed windows, they may be simpler to maintain.
When you replace your windows, this becomes a good time to decide which windows are best for the part of the home you are remodeling. Think about materials and shape as well as how the window is to open. In fact, here are six different types of windows:
1. Windows that don’t open are called fixed panel. It can be made of a single pane or several sections of panes. Framed glass blocks are possible. This type of window is made in a variety of sizes and shapes. They are optimal for basement windows, large panels in sun rooms, and in highly decorative type of windows.
2. You can open an awning window by swinging the panel upward, having it act an awning to the outside. These can work by turning a crank to open the window, among other ways. Some are just manually pushed open and, when upward, they are braced or latched into the right position.
3. Casement windows are opened via a crank that swings the window out from the center to the outside. Such windows are used in places where one cannot reach or slide a window either up or down because of access problems (like over a sink).
4. A double hung window is created out of two panes which are partially overlapping or are windows that move up and down on a track located at the sides of the frame. Many are designed to have one or more panes open inward for proper cleaning of the panes
5. A single hung window functions exactly like a double hung window with the exception that only the lower pain is able to move up and down or to tilt. They are used in similar situations as double hung types.
6. A sliding type window is opened by sliding a pane in front of or behind another pane. Such windows are commonly were used frequently at one time. They are used today in remodeling projects or new construction where there isn’t enough vertical space for other types of windows.
You can find any one of these window types in a variety of designs and materials so that the right window for any window remodeling project can be found. Do some planning in order to select the right window for each part of your remodeling project.
OK, now that you know why remodeling windows are such good ideas, it’s time to talk a little more about the process and where to start. First, you need an experienced company that can perform the work properly at a price you can afford.If you live in the Philadelphia area, you may qualify for services offered by Nation-Wide Building & Remodeling, LLC.