If you are looking to improve
the energy efficiency of your home, as well as to enjoy other added benefits,
then you should consider purchasing and installing storm windows. By using
storm windows on your existing windows, rather than replacing the windows with
completely new ones, you will be able to reap many of the benefits that
replacement windows offer without some of the drawbacks, expense and hassle.
This makes storm window installation an intelligent addition to your home.
12 Reasons to Purchase and
Install Storm Windows
There are quite
a few reasons to buy storm windows for your home. Here are twelve reasons why
they are such a good investment…
Energy Efficient Storm
1. Storm windows
are energy efficient. By installing storm windows along with your existing
windows, the storm windows help to make your house more energy efficient. Storm
windows reduce drafts by providing an airtight seal around your windows. This
seal keeps heat from the interior home inside the house and stops cold air from
the exterior from seeping inside. By reducing air leaks, you increase
2. Storm windows
keep your home cleaner. The airtight seal, in addition to conserving energy,
also prevents dust, dirt, sand, soot, air pollution and other small particles
from coming in through any cracks or joints in your existing windows.
3. Storm windows
keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. The thermal
barrier created by storm windows keeps warm air in your home and cool exterior
air out in the cooler months and conversely keeps cooler air in your home and
warmer air out in the warmer months.
4. Storm windows
protect historical or vintage windows. This benefit is especially useful for
homes with historical properties or a vintage look that the homeowner wants to
or has to preserve. By installing storm windows over the existing windows, the
beauty and value of the existing windows can be preserved, while the benefits
of higher energy efficiency are realized. In some homes or buildings,
homeowners are not allowed to removed or change windows that are part of the
historic nature of the building. In fact, the Department of Interior has stated
that there is no excuse, even for energy conservation, to destroy existing
historic windows since they can be made more energy efficient through other
means that will preserve the historical value and aesthetics of the window.
5. Storm windows
can preserve the glass of existing windows. Homes with historical or vintage
windows, or those with unique properties, such as leaded, beveled or stained
glass, can preserve the beauty of their windows while keeping them cleaner and
protecting them from the hazards of environmental elements or potential
breakage. Storm windows can also protect the wood frames surrounding these
windows from moisture damage, aging and dry rot.
6. Storm windows
reduce noise. With an added layer of protection between a home’s interior and
exterior, noise from the exterior of the home is less likely to be heard within
7. Storm windows
make your home more secure. By having an added layer of windows that are
securely attached to your home, it makes it harder for would-be criminals to
break into your home through those windows.
8. Storm windows
are available with the same types of specialty glass as replacement windows.
Many newer types of glass, such as those with UV protection to manage glare and
protect items within the home (such as carpets, draperies and furniture) are
now available on storm windows, so you do not need to completely replace your
windows in order to enjoy the newer technology and options available in the
manufacturing of windows.
9. Storm windows
provide higher R-factors than replacement windows. Most single pane older
windows only have an R-factor of 0.89 and are poor thermal insulators due to
the easy transfer of air from outside to indoors through leaks, cracks, seams
and more. Newer double paned windows have an air space that greatly improves
the R-factor and therefore the efficiency and most with an air space of up to a
half inch have an R-factor of 1.72. Storm windows combined with existing single
pane older windows surpass that R-factor with a value of 1.79, meaning they
provide even greater thermal protection and energy efficiency than double pane
windows are easier to install. There is no structural damage to your home when
installing storm windows and installing the windows can be done in just a few
hours, rather than the few days it takes to install replacement windows. There
is little to no carpentry work involved in installing storm windows and
installation can usually be done by the homeowner, so the cost of installation
is much lower than the cost of installing replacement windows.
windows will last for a long, long time. In double paned windows, the insulated
glass seal will eventually fail, which will require either costly repairs or
replacement. On the other hand, there is no seal between the storm window and
original window that can fail – they are simply two separate panes of glass.
This means that other than accidental breakage from something hitting the
window, there are no parts or seals to break or fail on storm windows.
windows are generally more cost effective than replacement windows. They are an
inexpensive way to increase energy efficiency and weatherize your home against
the elements. Storm windows generally cost less than replacement windows.
There are many
reasons to consider purchasing and installing storm windows for your home. From
energy efficiency, to ease of installation and cost effectiveness, storm
windows are a smart option to make your windows more efficient and less drafty.
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