Choosing the right window panes can be a daunting experience and that is why it is important to know your choices and the reasons you are choosing them. I know window panes seem like something that only have an affect on the exterior design of your home, but they have connotations for the interior as well.
Your home loses a lot of heat through the windows, in turn, this means that you will turn your heating up and incur a massive heating bill. Therefore choosing the right window will save you money in the long run and help keep your family warm.
Single Pane Windows: Single pane windows are the cheapest windows on the market. If you have a strict budget then you may have to buy single pane. However, they have a lot of disadvantages. They are less energy efficient and you will lose a lot of heat through them. Therefore your heating and electricity bills might be very high.
Double Glazed Windows: Double glazed windows are more expensive that single planed windows, but you do get a lot of value for your money. They are more successful at keeping a home insulated, so your bills will be reduced and they reduce condensation. They also reduce noise pollution if you live in a busy area.
Energy Efficient Windows: This style of window is similar to double glazed but they have an extra layer of metal between the panes that is heat reflective. This means that they will keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter, reducing the need to use the air conditioning or heating systems as often. This means they will reduce your household bills even further. This style of window can be made to fit any material of window frame and it adds value to your home.
What do you need to think about?
When choosing your window pane, you need to ask yourself the following questions and know the answers before you go to the showroom:
- What are the installation and maintenance costs?
- What is their life expectancy?
- Will they fit the design of the house?
- What is the main function of the window? (eg Light? Heat? Sound?)