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How to Choose New Windows Based on Climate

The process of choosing a window for your home goes beyond the idea of aesthetics. Considering the climate is highly important when it comes to choosing windows for your home. Based on varying climates, you can select the ideal window for your home to make it increase energy efficiency and it can also help you make your windows more durable.

But before we began, here’s what you should always keep in mind:

  • Single pane windows must be avoided when choosing a window for your home. It is because double or triple-pane windows are actually more beneficial for your home because of their insulating space.
  • You should also avoid outdated metal frames. They only decrease the energy efficiency of your home and also require a thermal break.

Windows for Cold Winter, Hot Hummer Climate

Glass Considerations:

Select a glass that can get a low emissivity, known as low-E coating, and also a low U-factor. Make sure the glass has a high reflective power which can help you reduce the glare and you can also benefit from climate control in all seasons and varying temperatures.

Frame Considerations:

Instead of wood, you will benefit the most from composite frames when it comes to selecting a frame for these weather conditions. These frames do not make you compromise on the aesthetics of your windows and also prove to be the most effective. As seasons change, these frames do not expand dramatically or show signs of decay as the wooden ones and offer equally insulated frames as the wood. 

Vinyl is an ideal choice when it comes to selecting a frame for cold winter and hot summer climates. It is highly energy-efficient and insulating and also remains pretty low Maintenance. 

Windows for Often Warm, Sunny Climate

Glass Considerations:

Select a glass with the minimum amount of Solar heat gains coefficient, also knowns as SHGC. For this season as well, it is recommended to get a glass with low emissivity and coating to reflect the sunrays to avoid the blinding glare. 

Frame Considerations:

Vinyl makes a great choice for areas with mostly sunny climates. This is because vinyl is made from PVC, which is known for stabilizing the UV rays. You can easily insulate these frames to keep the heat out in summers and they do not require any maintenance or paint. 

Also, if it doesn’t rain too much in your area, wood also makes a beautiful choice. However, wood is completely high maintenance and expensive as compared to vinyl or any other material for that matter. But it also provides great energy efficiency and style options to enhance the aesthetics odd you’re home. 

Vinyl-clad wood also makes a great choice if you are concerned about decay and expansion in wood due to the humidity. 

Windows for Often Cold Climate

Glass Considerations:

Go for the glass with a high solar heat grains co-efficient or SHGC and opt for a low U-factor. You can also benefit the most by using the triple-paned windows. 

Frame Considerations:

Fiberglass makes a perfect choice as it has great thermal performance and can also stand winter storms. Vinyl-clad wood will also perform well in handling ice and snow.

Windows for Windy Climate

Glass Considerations:

You can protect your windows from accidental breaks during high winds by opting for tempered glass and also make sure you have double or triple pane windows to avoid the noise. 

Frame Considerations:

Fiberglass is sturdy and therefore it can easily stand the high winds.

Vinyl is also a good but less preferable option. But is more affordable compared to fiberglass.

Windows for Rainy or Humid Climate

Glass Considerations:

Go for modern IGU glass which is highly insulated to keep the moisture away. Avoid fog by having the windows installed professionally.

Frame Considerations:

Vinyl is a great option to avoid moisture and is also more affordable.

Composite is a better choice in terms of aesthetics and providing protection from humidity and rain.

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