One of the main concerns with a window is insulation from cold or energy efficiency as proper insulation results in less consumption o electricity. One option of doing this is to go for windows with good insulation properties. However there is a solution which is more efficient and less expensive and that is storm windows. You also do not have to remove the old windows if you are installing storm windows. This way you can save on a lot of expenses. Storm windows provide an inexpensive compromise over window replacement by increasing the energy performance of a home inexpensively. In historic and other homes or homes where the windows cannot be uninstalled for some reason storm windows are great things to use. Storm windows also are good for sound insulation and they reduce noise from outside significantly. They also reduce window condensation and lets in fewer UV rays in this way protecting furnishings.
Storm windows can be installed on the exterior as well as the interior of the primary windows. They can also be removed when necessary like in warmer parts of the year when ventilation is necessary. Interior storm windows are usually better. Interior storm windows get scratched and damaged less s they are not exposed to the climate and they are fitted more tightly. Interior storm windows are also less expensive.
There are different types of materials that are use to make storm windows. Glass is one of them. Glass offers the most visibility and looks the best. It is also the most durable. However, it is more prone to damage and can easily get broken. However the risk of damage is not that much when you are installing inside. If you are installing outside it is usually better to go for another material or the new expensive insulated windows instead of storm windows as external fitting is as much costly. Other storm windows may be built from plastic panels, or special plastic sheets that have specific optical qualities. Plastic panels like Plexiglas and acrylics are lighter than glass. They may turn yellow over time and may significantly reduce visibility and degrade over time when exposed to sunlight. Thus they do not look as good as glass storm windows.
There are three types of storm windows which are two-track, triple-track and two-track slider storm windows. Two-track storm windows have its elements placed on two tracks as the name suggests. The half-screen and the outer pane or sash is placed in the outside track. The inside pane is placed on a separate track. The inside pane can be raised for ventilation. A triple-track storm window every pane and the half-screen rest on a separate track. They all can be moved to let in air. As a result it offers more cross ventilation. To take advantage of it move both glass panes to the bottom of the window and the half-screen to the top. Two-track slider storm windows are two-track storm windows that open horizontally instead of vertically. Two-track sliders are usually used with slider windows.
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