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Key Factors To Consider When Choosing Windows

Last Updated on April 4, 2024 by Admin

Windows are among the most important parts of a home. They don’t only add light and ventilation to create a good indoor climate but also set the stage for a home’s structure, appearance, and mood, which may improve homeowners’ overall well-being.

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However, windows are among the building components that spill out the most energy in a house. Specifically, they can spend 25%-30% of a house’s heating and cooling energy use. In other words, they can be one of the largest cost items in a homeowner’s budget if they’re not energy-efficient. In the United States, one report claimed that this wasted energy may cost Americans $40 billion annually. 

If you’re looking for ways house windows can save energy, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up the top criteria you should consider when choosing windows. 

Energy Performance and Indoor Comfort

Understanding that the initial choice sets the tone for this discussion, it’s worth noting that high-performing windows often come with a higher price tag. Hence, opting for windows with lower energy efficiency might lead to higher costs from the get-go. 

A rule of thumb is that the larger the windows, the more you should prioritize their energy efficiency. It’s wise to consider both performance and size to ensure a balance between effectiveness and cost.

When checking the energy efficiency of windows, the frame tends to be the part that needs the most attention. Nowadays, triple-glazed windows are the go-to choice. They insulate  40% better than double-glazed windows, making them more budget-friendly. 

Another way to save is to opt for local products. For example, if you’re looking for Blinds & Shutters Newcastle, only find items in Australia or, ideally, just around Newy. This saves you a lot of money for a lot of reasons. 

For example, locally purchased items often eliminate extra costs associated with middlemen. They aren’t going to be delivered to somewhere far away as well, so you can save a lot on low or no delivery costs. 

They’re also tailor-made for your area’s condition, especially your place’s weather. This prevents them from getting damaged easily, enabling you to save on repair costs in the long run. What’s more, it’s an all-around win-win since the money you spend will go back to supporting your community.

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Opening and Fresh Air

Many types of windows are recommended to be opened. Take small cabins or tiny houses, for example. They often don’t have any ventilation system, so their windows end up doubling as air inlets and outlets. 

There are many types of openings, which can be different in cost, frame’s energy performance, and materials used. In general,  inward-opening windows are considered the most cost-effective among the various types that can be opened. 

Inward-opening windows often feature “micro-ventilation.” This means that even when the window is closed, it’s not completely sealed. This subtle opening then allows for a small amount of ventilation. This provides a balance between keeping the space secure and allowing for some fresh air circulation.

Window Frames

We’ve learned that selecting the right frame is crucial when choosing windows. It isn’t only the window’s weak link energy-wise but also affects the window’s opening, which, in turn, affects a window’s overall cost and usability.

Moreover, a frame gives a window rigidity and durability. For example, a single window’s maximum size (typically based on its height) is limited by the thickness and material of its frame. That means its materials matter as well. 

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), wood, and aluminum are the three main materials for making window frames. All of them are generally equivalent in terms of energy efficiency. However, the cheapest is PVC, typically three times cheaper than wood or aluminum. When it comes to maintenance and  window replacement, aluminum takes the lead, with PVC following closely behind. 

These factors, specifically energy efficiency, affordability, and longevity, highlight the trade-offs in choosing between different materials for window frames. It all depends on your priorities and budget.

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Frame Color

No matter the frame type or material you go for, manufacturers or sellers usually have specific colors that are more budget-friendly. It’s financially wise not to hesitate to inquire about these options. We can generally choose from a wide range of colors on the RAL color chart. However, selecting a custom color may incur additional costs and longer wait times. 

Furthermore, if you’re looking for a dual-color scheme with one color for the interior and another for the exterior, be prepared for extra expenses and potentially extended delivery times. It’s essential to weigh your color preferences against your budget and timeline.

Final Thoughts

In summary, there’s always an economical yet high-quality window solution. Opt for triple-glazed glass panes, inward-opening windows, PVC frames, and manufacturer-recommended colors (often favoring standard choices like white) to save more. 

However, this list isn’t exhaustive. There are still many other ways to achieve aesthetic and energy-efficient windows. It’s always recommended to keep researching or, better, seek professional advice for a more budget-conscious approach. 

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