The best way to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer is by installing energy-efficient windows. Because new replacement window units can be expensive, the next best solution is to install storm windows, especially if you have an older home.
Storm windows are a great way to improve the energy efficiency of single-glazed windows. These windows trap air between the window and the storm window, which makes for a higher insulation value. As an added benefit, storm windows protect the sash and jambs from weather extremes, prolonging their life.
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Newer storm windows often have separate tracks for screens and storm windows. In the summer, you slide the storm windows up and put in screens; In the winter, you do the reverse. The storm window style you select will largely depend on the window style on your home. Storm window styles include:
• Two-Track - Features an outer track with a glass pane on the top and a half screen on the bottom. The screen and glass pane do not move up and down. The inner track features an inner glass pane that goes up to allow air circulation through the window.
• Two-Track Slider – Window operates similarly to the standard two-track storm window, except the windows move horizontally and not vertically.
• Triple-Track – Features a half screen and two glass panes - everything on its own track for movement and adjustment. Position both glass panes at the bottom and the screen at the top for air circulation.
• Picture - This style consists of a single pane that resembles a picture window. Thumb latches hold the pane in place to enable removal from the outside when necessary.
• Frames are available in colors such as aluminum, white, brown, and almond.
Handy Tip: One problem with storm windows is condensation. In the cold climates, moisture from inside the house condenses on the warmer side of a cold glass surface, and ice can form between the layers of glass of the interior windows aren't sealed properly. That's why it's okay to seal the top and two sides of storm windows, but not the bottom. Trapping moisture can lead to rot, not just of the sill, but inside the wall beneath the window. Condensation must be able to drain.
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