When it comes time to invest in window replacements in your home, do you plan on settling for the same old windows that you’ve been living with for years or will you take the energy efficiency time to research what’s best for your family and your utilities? Putting in the same tired windows might get the job done but it’s about time you did something to improve the quality of life in your home and the value of it as well.
It might be difficult to choose the right window replacements initially, as there are a lot of options, but taking the time to speak with a general contractor about the best choice for you home can simplify the entire process. In many cases, they will likely point you toward installing new thermal window replacements around your home.
Depending on the age of your home you may or may not have thermal windows installed. Older homes certainly don’t unless you went to extra lengths to have them installed. It’s easy to tell the difference however when you look around your house. Most homes dating back more than 15 years are likely equipped with single pane glass windows. Thermal window replacements actually have two or more panes with cushions of air or gas in between the panes of glass.
It’s that gap and air pocket that provides the greatest benefit coupled with Low-E glass. This gap can actually reduce heat loss over single pane windows. Consider that the windows in your home are responsible for about 40% of your heating bill. Since thermal windows are roughly 4 times more efficient than single pane windows, you could expect a drop of more than 20% in your heating bill by installing thermal window replacements. Depending on your heating costs, that could pay for the window replacements in your home over and over again.
Be mindful of sales on these windows however. A number of homeowners get drawn into building stores and DIY warehouses by low prices and discounts on thermal windows. Saving a buck is nice but your choice in window shouldn’t be dictated by the sticker price. You don’t want to invest in bargain windows that aren’t built to last. You will end up replacing them sooner than normal which costs you more in the long run.
What is the Gas Used in Thermal Windows
That gap in thermal windows, as mentioned, is the biggest benefit. The gas that’s most commonly used to fill that space is Argon. It’s chosen primarily because of its excellent status as an insulator which enables far more heat retention than a single pane glass window.
Getting the Window Replacements Complete
Window replacements are and are not a DIY project. While anyone with the right tools and experience can tackle jobs around the home, it’s often best to leave the work of installing window replacements to a professional general contractor.