Over the past few decades, window technology has had some significant changes. Since windows often last twenty years or longer, there is a good chance that the technology and options available have changed since the last time you replaced the windows in your home. When you begin shopping for new windows, you should consider all of the new extras and features that you can add to your windows that can increase the comfort and value of your home. Below are five of the top options that you should consider asking for when you order new windows.
The world seems to be getting louder. The sounds of construction and traffic can make an otherwise pleasant home stressful to live in. But noise-reduction technology is advancing, and modern noise-reducing windows can block out a majority of the noise. These windows rely on special types of glass or the addition of a special gas between the window panes to slow down sound vibrations, reducing the noises you hear. Some of these windows are considerably thicker than traditional windows, so it is important to make sure that they will fit flush in your wall before placing your order.
Energy efficiency has become almost standard for new windows. Low-emission windows utilize extra panes of glass as well as special gases to reduce the transfer of heat between your home and the outdoors. This can help keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Although most windows offer some amount of energy efficiency, the amount can differ significantly. If you live in a climate with extreme temperatures, it will be worthwhile to invest in windows with a higher r-value. But if you live in a mild climate, you may opt to save some money by choosing windows with lower levels of energy efficiency.
Some windows can be fitted with user-controlled privacy functions. This usually involves an electrical current that runs through the window, changing the visibility through the window. You can opt for window tinting, which turns the window darker or lighter, or for window frosting, which adds a translucent white frosting effect to your window when it is on. Most privacy windows are either on or off, meaning you have to choose the degree of privacy you want when you order the windows. However, some more expensive brands allow you to adjust the degree of privacy based on your current needs, using a knob or a touch-pad.
Adjustable Heat Gain
Similar to privacy functions, new technology will allow you to adjust the amount of heat gain your windows allow with the touch of a button. For example, if your home is cool and it is a warm day, you can allow more heat to pass through your windows into your home rather than turning up your heater. However, on a cold, cloudy day, you may turn up the efficiency of your windows to prevent heat loss.
Smart windows can be programmed to respond to the environment around them. For example, they can adjust their tint throughout the day to prevent glare in a room and provide the same level of light. Similarly, they can adjust the efficiency of the windows based on the current internal and external temperature and an ideal temperature that you program. These windows utilize the same technology as privacy treatments and adjustable heat gain options, but have additional sensors installed to completely automate the process, leaving you free to go about your day.
In most applications, modern double- or triple-pane windows will suffice. However, it is important to consider your options and add on extras to increase your comfort and productivity when necessary. For more information on your window replacement options, contact a company like Jerry Newman Roofing & Remodeling, Inc.Share