Saving money on your energy bill each month, especially in winter, can seem like an impossible task. The problem could be with your heater, but it’s most likely that your windows are the source of the problem. Windows aren’t always as perfectly sealed as they should be, and if you have an older home, then they’re going to warp over time.
Choosing the wrong kind of window will make your house feel colder, run up your heating bills, and make it generally annoying for you to feel comfortable in your home. Instead, you could fix the problem by considering one of these five energy-efficient windows to install in your home.
These are windows that are hinged at the top and open outwards to let in air through the bottom and the side. They’re a great option if you want a lot of ventilation in your home, such as in the kitchen or to let air out of your basement rooms. They have an attractive design and work very well in wet climates, where you still need but don’t want rainwater getting into your home. A good option if you’re looking into window replacement.
These are windows that are hinged on either side and are opened by means of a hand crank. Because there are no rails or bars, these windows offer you better view while still getting great ventilation. The handles are also quite easy to use, and you can choose how wide or closed you want your windows to be. That means that you have full control over the airflow.
If you have a room that doesn’t require any ventilation at all, then you’re going to want fixed windows. They don’t open, which means that they have the tightest of seals around the frame. And because they don’t open, there are no moving parts to worry about fixing or needing maintenance. Fixed windows can also come in many different sizes, so you can have as large a window as you need to let light into a dim room.
Hopper windows are similar to awning windows, except they’re hinged on the bottom and open inwards. Though they’re not the best for rainy weather, they provide excellent ventilation. Be wary that they’re not installed where they would bump into indoor furniture.
These windows slide along a track so there is no hinge to speak of. This also gives you excellent control over the amount of airflow you want in your home. They’re easy to use, easy to maintain, and will last for a very long time. Take the time to make sure that these windows will actually suit your home and that you don’t need to just replace the seal around your existing windows.
You’ll soon notice the difference once you have new windows in your home. You’ll feel less windy drafts and won’t have to keep cranking up the heat in winter to make your home comfortable.