Choosing windows for your home can already be a tough challenge. But for those of you who live in colder climates, the task might get a little bit harder because of the impact it will have on your energy costs. Homeowners who reside in regions that see lower temperatures and a higher average of precipitation will rely on their heating to get them through those particularly chilly weeks and months.
You want a window that will work with you, and not against, when you are trying to maintain a warm, comfortable climate inside your home. That means running your heating system and that can put a squeeze on your wallet in electrical and heating gas costs.
Homeowners might need to make a change as to the windows they currently have installed and turn to new replacement windows. Here are some of the things to consider when you want to find the best windows for a home located in a colder climate:
The U-Factor of your window is all about telling you how good or bad that window is at preventing heat loss. You want the U-Factor of your windows to be on the lower end, near 0.14, to ensure the best insulation capability and higher resistance to the flow of heat. Anything higher than 0.14 is going to mean that more heat can and will escape.
Short for “low emissivity”, it means your window glass has a thin coating applied to the interior of the pane to prevent heat from escaping through it. A window equipped with low-E technology can reduce the amount of heat lost out of your window glass as much as 50%.
Argon and Krypton Gases
These are inert, invisible natural gases that are denser than oxygen and provide an additional layer within the window to keep heat from escaping. Some of the best energy-efficient windows contain argon or krypton gas, both of which are heavier than air and work as an effective means for insulation. Window glass is a terrible insulator, these gases are intended to improve those insulating properties.
There are plenty of different types of frames from which to choose and for colder climates, some materials are better than others. These are the best to consider for installing something that will withstand all the punishment that colder regions can dish out:
Wood on its own can warp and decay, but it has a beautiful, traditional aesthetic. However, a wood and metal combo frame require much less maintenance and won’t be affected by the same wear and tear that can ruin a wood frame by itself.
This is a popular material because of its energy efficiency and low maintenance requirements. But you need to carefully consider your options when it comes to choosing vinyl window frames, because a low-quality vinyl will break down fast and offer low durability. Be sure the quality of your vinyl is top notch, don’t cut corners by going with something cheap. You’ll pay a lot more for it later.