The Pros and Cons of Replacement Window Insulation
If you have old or damaged windows that require window replacement, it’s an ideal time to ask your contractor about insulating your home’s windows. Window insulation panels are a popular choice among many Southern California homeowners because it reduces heat transfer and better protects your home from the outside environment. However, window insulation may not be for everyone. Before speaking to your contractor about replacement window insulation, consider these pros and cons.
Pro: Environmentally friendly
Many homeowners are trying to decrease their carbon footprint and be more environmentally friendly in all aspects of their life. Insulating your replacement windows is one way to do this, as it lowers your overall energy use. Whereas standard windows can leak air and cause your HVAC system to work harder, insulated windows offer better temperature regulation which reduces the need for heating and cooling systems.
Pro: Lowers utility bills
With this reduced use of your HVAC unit comes lower energy bills. Insulated replacement windows can save you a significant amount of money throughout the year by preventing heat loss and reducing your energy use, which is not only good for the environment but good for your wallet as well.
Con: Fogged glass
One of the nuisances of insulated windows is fogged glass. The gap between the insulated glass panes can trap cold air and cause cloudiness when the temperature is significantly different outside than it is inside the home. Although this mist can typically be wiped away with a dry cloth, some homeowners may find the morning fog to be a deterrent from insulating their replacement windows.
Pro: Reduces noise pollution
If you have loud neighbors, street noise, or are generally a light sleeper, then insulated windows may be beneficial. The double-paned glass offers improved noise reduction, especially if the space between the two panes is filled with argon or krypton. If you live in a high-traffic or noisy area, ask your contractor about insulating your replacement windows.
Pro: Makes your home more secure
If you’re concerned about burglars gaining access to your home, insulated windows will provide enhanced safety and security. Insulated windows are more difficult for thieves to break through due to their thick, double-paned glass. Having an extra layer of protection can go a long way toward keeping your family safe and giving you peace of mind.
Con: Trapped warmth
Insulated replacement windows are most beneficial in the winter months, keeping the cold air out of your home and preserving the interior warmth. However, those with central air may find that insulated windows are more hassle than they’re worth in the summertime. Insulated windows can trap heat during the summer, making your home even warmer. While this isn’t likely to be an issue if you have some form of air conditioning, those who rely on fans or natural weather patterns may struggle with the extra discomfort.
If you’re in need of insulated replacement windows for your Southern California home, call the architectural glazing experts at Golden Glass. Headquartered in Fullerton, we’re a family-run business that will give you the personal attention of a small business with the world-class fabrication quality of a national corporation. To learn more about our replacement window services, including window insulation, give us a call at (800) 64-GLASS or fill out our online contact form today.