Have you noticed condensation on your windows in the morning or evening, when your heat kicks in but the air outside is moist and chill? If you have double pane windows and notice condensation on the inside, it’s a sign that you may have a major moisture problem going on with your windows that could lead to rot and mold. Fogged or steamed windows are a sign that it might be time to replace them, and there’s never been a better time than now.
Today’s windows and doors have come a long way from the old days when there was little thought given to their performance. Energy efficient techniques focused on features like double hung windows, which could maximize the breeze entering your home while pushing out stale, hot air. Modern heating and air conditioning have changed the qualities we expect out of energy efficient windows and new technologies have made conserving possible.
Manufacturers of today’s windows offer a wide variety of modern and contemporary windows. Whether they are for a new home or to replace worn and loose windows, it is possible to obtain an excellent type that will fit in beautifully with the architectural surroundings. While casements are the long-time standard in new homes, you may also want to consider moving to hung, slider, or awning windows, or using bay and bow or picture windows for a dramatic effect. When it comes to finding replacement windows in London Ontario, it’s especially important that you also find professional installation. Poor installation can lead to cold drafts, heat loss, and lead to fogging up. In London Ontario, homeowners can count on local manufacturer Golden Windows, for example, to provide professional installation if they’re not already working with a contractor.
Installing energy-efficient windows is essential at a time when energy costs are only set to increase, especially over the long-term. In addition to providing natural light and views to the outside, these windows provide cost and energy savings, less condensation (fogging), reduced fading, are environmentally friendly and lower one’s HVAC costs.
Replacement windows London Ontario are now available to fit any type of home or business from local suppliers like Golden Windows. They offer construction materials including vinyl, aluminum, and wood-clad,and are available with varying levels of energy performance. Doors, too, are an area which deserves consideration, and because doors have such a major role defining the appearance of your home, you have to find the right materials. These include fiberglass, aluminum, vinyl and wood and are available as sliding patio doors and French doors. Again, it is important to examine the style, features and construction to make sure it will not only be attractive but be energy efficient as well. Be sure to look for an Energy Star rating on any products you purchase that claim to be energy efficient.
When choosing a door it is important to consider not only the appearance, but the quality as well. A well-built door will be especially designed to be attractive and efficiently serve the purpose for which it is purchased. For example, an outside door should not only be striking and properly fit in with the building’s architecture but resist any exposure to bad weather.
Whether choosing doors, new windows or replacements, always be sure they offer energy savings and low maintenance down the road. This will not only save money but save unnecessary labor as well. A good choice will quickly be apparent in lower utility bills.
Michael Sanduso lives in Toronto, Canada. He is a freelance writer and editor, tech geek, and stay at home father.