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The Difference New Windows Can Make in Winter

Posted on: December 12, 2016

Putting in new windows for a home is a job that people often associate with remodeling. It’s true that new windows can make an enormous difference in the look of a home, as well as create better light and atmosphere inside.

But putting in new windows for an older house is also a great way to improve the energy efficiency during the winter. If you have a house that seems inordinately drafty during the cold months, you may have old or even damaged windows that are allowing too much heat to escape. Installing new, energy efficient windows can make an enormous difference in your household comfort and energy savings.

Single-Pane to Multiple-Pane

The standard single-pane window may be fine for summer and spring—or if you live in California—but they allow an immense amount of thermal energy to escape through them. Windows are one of the main places in a home where heat gets out of a house (that’s why windows feel cold when you get near them in winter), and single-pane windows make it even easier for the heat to escape.

Double-or triple-paned windows change this. A double-paned window can lower energy use in a house by almost 25% in our climate. (There’s a summer benefit as well, around 15% savings.) There’s also an added advantage of lowering outside noise.

Better Frames

Perhaps the trouble with your windows is cracked and aging frames that allow heat to just slip right around them. Window replacements with new vinyl or wood frames will close up these leaks while giving your home an attractive new appearance.

Window Energy Efficiency

All windows come with an energy-efficiency rating as well as a UV rating. Navigating these ratings can be confusing, but you can depend on our expert window and door installers to help locate the right new windows for your house!

Call Bud Matthews Services in Durham, NC for door and window services.

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