Five Types of Energy-Efficient Window Replacement

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Investing in energy-efficient windows can save homeowners money on their utility bills and increase their property value. In addition, they help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide protection from extreme weather conditions.

Eligible homeowners can receive free energy-efficient upgrades from local WAP-affiliated entities. These entities determine eligibility and perform an energy audit. The program prioritizes low-income households and seniors.

Casement windows

Unlike single- and double-hung windows that slide up and down, casement windows hinge on the side and open outward with a crank. They offer the same expansive views and sunlight as fixed windows but with added operability.

They’re an excellent choice for areas that are difficult to reach, such as above the kitchen sink. They also have a wide opening that can function like a sail to catch breezes, helping you run your AC less frequently and save on energy costs.

If you decide to install this window type, make sure the contractor has a residential or glazing license and plenty of experience performing window replacement. It’s best to hire a local company with a long history in the community and positive reviews from past customers.

Awning windows

Like awnings, these windows hinge at the top and open outward from the bottom to shield against rain. They’re commonly installed in basements and above kitchen sinks, but you can use them anywhere in your home for ventilation purposes.

Awning windows don’t provide a large amount of translucent surface area, so they may not let in a lot of natural light. But they’re still a great choice for rooms that need airflow and ventilation, including laundry rooms, bathrooms, and bedrooms.

They’re also easy to clean and can be customized with a variety of frame colors, finishes, grid patterns, and accessories. Additionally, you can choose awning windows with simulated or authentic divided lites for a more aesthetically pleasing look. However, awning windows can be dangerous in high-traffic areas because they open outward and could crash into people or other objects.

Sliding windows

Sliding windows look similar to double-hung windows, but they open horizontally instead of vertically. This makes them one of the simplest replacement window options and allows for more ventilation.

Sleek sliding windows are simple to operate and offer a clean appearance. They also don’t require the complex springs and pulleys found on other types of windows, so they tend to last longer.

Over time, however, sliding windows can collect dirt and dust on the bottom of the tracks, making them more difficult to open or close. This is why we recommend cleaning and lubricating them on a regular basis. This will help maintain their smooth operation and prevent corrosion. In addition, it will make them more resistant to the buildup of salt air in coastal regions.

Tilt-and-slide windows

Tilt turn windows, also known as German windows, are premium European windows that can open and tilt in either direction. They provide great ventilation by opening inward and channeling outside air through the sides while hotter air that rises escapes through the top.

They’re also highly secure with a multi-point locking system that locks multiple points of the frame using one handle. This helps prevent break-ins and may reduce homeowner’s insurance premiums.

Unlike picture windows that are fixed and don’t open, these windows are more versatile and come in larger sizes. If you have these types of windows, check for seal failure by tilting each sash and pushing it firmly in the window channel. If you see any gaps between the sash, you should fill out our warranty form to request a replacement window.

Hopper windows

Hopper windows are hinged at the bottom and open inward, making them a popular choice for basements and bathrooms. They’re also a great option for rooms that need ventilation but don’t have the space for a large window.

They’re easy to clean and can be opened from either side of the house. This makes them a good alternative to picture windows in homes with more than one story.

Hopper windows are relatively inexpensive to install, but they require professional installation to ensure that they’re correctly fitted and tightly sealed. Hiring a skilled contractor will help you save money in the long run by minimizing energy loss. In addition, professional installers will make sure that your new windows comply with your local building codes. This helps ensure your home’s safety and security.