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With your furnace running full tilt this winter, you may be looking into ways to cut your energy use. When it comes to making any home energy efficient, you’ll probably want to replace any old windows. Replacement windows come in different shapes and sizes, made from different materials – wood, composite, fiberglass, aluminum and vinyl. Vinyl is one material that is increasing when it comes to popularity. They are an inexpensive and durable material to go with. And the options are almost endless. It is your choice on which type of window you choose to use for the home that you have in the Minneapolis/Eagan area.
Once you’ve settled on the frame material, your next choice is the style. In addition to a variety of rectangular window styles, you may want to choose a beautiful bay or bow window. Both bow and bay windows can come at a high cost to the energy bill if they’re not EnergyStar-rated. This is due to the fact that they are usually large window configurations with lots of glass area. When the temperature changes, the glass will expand and contract, and this can cause a lot of energy-leaking problems for your Eagan home. Newer, more energy-efficient models can cut the heat loss. If you’re replacing any windows throughout your home, think about replacing these types of windows first and foremost. But when you choose energy-efficient models, these window styles can do a lot for your home’s appeal as well as providing more natural light and and ventilation than regular rectangular windows.
Add more light into your room using bay windows. Bay windows consist of one large rectangular window flanked by moveable windows (double-hung or casement). They are usually chosen for the living room, but you’re able to put this set of three windows up in any room. You can even create a sitting area right in front of the window to make it more like a picture scene. The middle window is fixed and does not move, but the windows of either side of the large one are able to be opened. The windows can provide a lot of sunshine, a great view of the outdoors, and great air movement.
These are a similar type of window to bay windows, except they protrude in a more curving configuration (bay windows are box-like). They can be made with four or even more windows put together, instead of just three. Though bay windows often are built using a picture window in the center, you also have the option of using all operational windows, allowing more air than bay windows.
When choosing either type of window, you want to ensure that you choose the highest energy-rated choice you can afford. Not only that, but you’ll want to have an experienced window company do the installation of the window in your home. And don’t make your decision based on the cost of the window alone; think about the savings that you will get later on when it comes to the energy savings you’ll realize.
If you’re ready to plan for new windows for your home (or you’d just like your existing windows evaluated), talk to the professionals at Window Outfitters. We’ll be glad to schedule a free consultation to help you choose the best windows with the highest energy rating. We are a full-service window company providing exterior home remodeling in Eagan and other Minneapolis area communities. Call us today at 952.746.6661.
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