Right Window For Your Home
Choosing the right windows for your home isn't easy. For starters, you need to choose between single, double, and triple panes, and consider your R- and U-values. There’s also different levels of insulation and various window styles to choose from as well. Fortunately, if you don’t have a great deal of experience in buying windows, the following is a quick guide to help you along the process:
What to Look For
Finding an experienced, trustworthy windows installer should be your top priority. Once you can do that, he’ll be able to guide you in choosing the right ones. Here are some things you’ll want to discuss:
- Multiple Panes – Most contractors will agree that using double-paned vinyl or wood-framed windows ultimately reduce energy usage in cold climates during the winter, as well as in hot climates during the summer. If you’re looking to increase the savings on your energy bill, increase the panes.
- Bells and Whistles – In order to enhance your windows’ energy efficiency, you’ll want to make sure to add insulated window frames, as well as low E-coatings, which will absorb more heat, and thus make them more energy efficient.
- Budget – Make sure you set a realistic budget with your contractor, but also keep the big picture in mind. Ultimately, the more you spend initially, the lower your heating costs will be in the long run. You’ll also want to think about the home’s market value: the stronger the insulation, the lower the heating costs, and this could help sway the buyer in your direction. So keep this in mind that when you purchase, more money spent now could mean a higher return on investment later.