Many of the homeowners we talk to about our replacement windows believe that installing storm windows is “just as good” and will save them a few dollars. That is a mistaken assumption, particularly here in New England, where our weather can be cold, wet and windy for weeks on end.
The fact is, storm windows do almost nothing to prevent the transfer of energy between the outside and your home’s interior. Yes they will keep the rain and snow from piling up on your windowsill. But it is the energy transfer – warm air leaking out, cold air seeping in – that causes your furnace to run and run, costing you money every time it kicks on. And storm windows are simply not made to prevent this “energy leak.”
Here’s the problem: most storm windows are made of a single pane of glass in an aluminum frame. One, thin pane of glass won’t stop the cold, and aluminum can actually speed up the energy transfer process by acting as a heat conductor. Now add in the fact that storm windows are famous for condensation, which allows water to build up and eventually seep into your home and you’ve got a “solution” that only makes the problem worse.
For a genuine change that will reduce energy loss and reduce your home heating and cooling costs – real savings – you need to replace your old windows with a modern window that is specifically engineered for thermal performance.
Yes, they will cost you more to install than storm windows. But a well-designed replacement window – like the fantastic Bristol Windows we install here at Rescom Exteriors – will save you money every month, all year long, for as long as you live in your home. And that savings quickly adds up and proves to be a significant long term value.
To schedule an informative, no-pressure meeting with a representative from Rescom Exteriors, call us toll-free at (866) 410-5884. Or visit our web site at www.iwantnewwindows.com.