Creating a comfortable home takes a lot of effort and thought. And while you’ve most likely thought about the furnishings and appliances and the color of the walls, have you thought about your windows? Maybe not, but you’re not alone! However, it’s important to know that choosing the right windows can make your home a pleasant place to be in every season. Curious to know how insulated glass creates comfort all year round? Read on for more information.
The Cost of Bad Windows
One of a homeowner’s largest costs for living in their house is the energy bill. And depending on where you live, up to 40% of this bill could be taken over by climate maintenance. Indeed, the heating and cooling of a house can be extremely costly. One of the major reasons for this is that if a house is not insulated properly, heat or cool air can escape outside, leaving the home at the incorrect temperature altogether. And one of the biggest culprits? Bad windows.
A traditional window of a single pane of glass does little to keep warm air in during the winter and cool air in during summer. In fact, it’s almost like leaving your windows open! Knowing this, it might be tempting to board up those windows entirely and be properly insulated. Of course, that means getting rid of sunlight and a view into the backyard, which isn’t really the best decision. So what do you do about bad windows?
If you’ve noticed your energy bill going up and up each year or even each season, it might be time to invest in better windows. In fact, if your current windows are even just 10 years old, they could be using old technology that just doesn’t cut it anymore. The good thing is that you have options:
- Double-glazed. These windows are made with two panes of glass with a bit of air in between them. The air acts as a type of barrier to prevent high- or low-temperature air from breaching the glass and entering the home or leaving it.
- Triple-glazed. These windows are similar to double-glazed except for an extra pane is used. This simply increases the insulation capabilities of the window.
- Laminated security glass. If security is an issue, choosing laminated security glass will provide you with that little extra bit of peace of mind. It will resist breakage and deter would-be burglars from entering your home. Additionally, it will block out noise from outside and bring energy efficiency to the home.
Ask an Expert at Atlas Glass & Mirror
In need of, insulated windows, a new glass shower enclosure or custom vanity mirror for your bathroom? Contact Atlas Glass & Mirror today! We will work with you to create a style that suits both your lifestyle and the aesthetic of your house. We are here to make your vision a reality!