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Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement
Windows are not just practical objects useful for letting in light.
They are also responsible for controlling the way energy passes
through your home, defining the design of your home, and keeping it
properly ventilated. Several aspects of a window should be
considered before purchasing and installing them.
Before purchasing new windows, pay careful attention to your
geographical location. Different windows are suited for different
climates. Cold climate windows are designed to keep heat in. It is
important to consider the U-value on cold climate windows. U-value
is a measure of windows insulation ability. The lower the U-value
is, the better the insulation ability will be.
Let us not forget about how important it is to glaze your windows.
Multiple layers of glaze on your windows can insulate your house and
keep heat inside. Additionally, you may want to consider using
insulated glass units (IGU's). Insulated glass units are windows
that contain air pockets sealed between two layers of glass. Certain
insulated glass units are filled with argon or krypton gases that
are used to lower the U-value.
For windows in warmer climates, it is suggested to pay attention to
low-E coatings. Low-e coatings reduce the solar heat transmitted
through the window pane and into your home. This significantly
lowers the U-value, which ultimately increases the insulation
Aside from a windows ability to control the energy passing through
your home, it also controls the amount of fresh air being let in and
enhances your homes design. You will want to pay attention to the
design of your home when selecting the window style so that
everything flows well. Keep in mind, when deciding on the design of
your new windows; you should select a style can be easily