When buying or building a home, there is no doubt that there is a lot to think about. There are certain things in a home that are must have’s, some features are optional, and then there is the rest that often gets overlooked, but is just as important. One thing that often gets overlooked is the type of windows that could be installed in your home.
There are many components of a house inspection that we check, and one of it is the window for energy efficiency which is normally considered as part of our thermal imaging.
Many homeowners have trouble with energy efficiency. A lack of information could lead to costly utility bills.
Some may say that “a window is a window, ” but the reality is that selecting the right window for your home can have an impact on many things. They include:
- Energy use: If you windows are not high quality, or if they need to be replaced, you could be wasting energy as it leaks through your windows. It will result in higher energy bills and take more energy to heat and cool your home.
- Lighting: The type of window you have will impact the amount of natural light that you get in a particular room or area of your home.
The best type of windows for energy efficiency for any home
If you are in the market for new windows, there is no shortage of options. There are many different styles and sizes to choose from. Here are some different style windows that you should consider for your next building project.
- Casement windows: This style is commonly used for vertical openings and is a great option if you are looking to get better ventilation. Add to this the ability to be fitted with double or triple pane glass and this window can meet your needs functionally and stylistically.
- Single hung windows: Ideal if drainage is an issue, the single hung model is designed to allow water to move through the external screen. It opens up and down and can be folded inward, making it very easy to clean.
- Double hung windows: This is the same idea as the single hung design except that you have multiple slide able panes of glass instead of one.
- Awning windows: This window is a great option if you are looking for a design that opens from the bottom up. They also are ideal if you want something that does not get in the way of the view in the distance.
- Single slider windows: The single slider design is exactly as it sounds. The window allows you to slide one pane horizontally on track.
- Double slider windows: This is the same design as the double, single slider model only that you can slide both panes of glass across the track in the frame.
- Bow window: If you are looking for something different than your standard bay window, then this is a great option. This option is perfect if you are looking for something elegant or a window where you can display plants or other items.
- Bay windows: Most commonly used for living or dining rooms, bay windows often set at a 45-degree angle. With some style options and a three pane design, they are often the focal point of many home designs and can be the focal point of any room they are in.
The energy efficiency of a home should not be taken lightly. Knowing what types of materials to use will save a homeowner a significant amount of money on utility bills. Fiberglass and vinyl are the best choices for this purpose. They can both be filled with insulation at the desired level. Fiberglass is a natural insulator and does not require a thermal break. The expansion and contraction rates are also quite low, and this leads to less air leakage. The windows will last longer because they will not have to endure as much stress.
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