Windows provide our homes with light, warmth, and ventilation, but they can also negatively impact a home's energy efficiency. Window City of Cincinnati can reduce your energy costs by installing energy-efficient windows in your home. If your budget is tight, energy efficiency improvements to existing windows can also help.
Selecting New Energy Efficient Windows
If your home has very old and/or inefficient windows, it might be more cost-effective to replace them than to try to improve their energy efficiency. New, energy-efficient windows eventually pay for themselves through lower heating and cooling costs, and sometimes even lighting costs.
When properly selected and installed, energy-efficient windows can help minimize your heating, cooling, and lighting costs. Improving window performance in your home involves design, selection, and installation.
Designed for Efficiency
Some window designs are inherently more efficient than others. The most common types:
Double-hung windows: These are traditional units in many homes across the country, and they're especially common in pre-war buildings. With double-hung windows, the bottom slides up to open the unit. They can be efficient choices, but in really extreme climates, they may not be the best option because of the potential for air intrusion between the sliders.
Casement windows: Popular in climates where wind is an issue, these units, which have a crank that swings the window outward to open, actually seal themselves off tighter when wind blows in toward the house. They do require maintenance on hinges and seals, however, to ensure their continued stability and efficiency.
Picture windows: These usually don't open and come in many different shapes and sizes, but that doesn't mean they can't be efficient — glass choice and gas-filled interiors are especially important in these larger units.
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The coldest nights of winter in Cincinnati drop down to 0 °F (-18 °C) or below. But the city averages only two nights a year when its that chilly. From November to March, Cincinnati can remain below freezing all day long. The city typically has 17 days a year when the temperature never rises above 32 °F. Let Window City of Cincinnati help you save money this winter with energy efficient replacement windows.