Thin, single-pane windows seem to radiate with cold. In the winter, your heating bills run higher as you pad around your home in heavier clothes. Most times, the windows feel like they’re open.
To improve your window’s insulation and energy efficiency, you may well be considering replacing your windows. But no so fast! Installing storm windows to stop those drafts and lower your energy bills may be an option worth considering.
What Are Storm Windows?
Storm windows get installed over old, drafty, primary house windows. Mostly installed over standard single pane windows, storm windows provide added insulation and act as moisture barriers.
Storm windows are a great alternative to replacement windows and pretty straightforward to install. The flat panels get installed in the same frame currently used by your existing windows.
They don’t open or close, which makes them less functional than regular windows. However, they can create a seal against cold weather, offering an additional layer of protection against heat loss and drafts. You can always remove them during seasons when they’re more of a hindrance.
Benefits of Storm Windows
Some of the benefits of storm windows include:
A budget-friendly alternative to replacement windows
Reduce drafts and increase comfort
Provide an extra layer of soundproofing
Protect the existing windows from hail and strong winds
Types of Storm Windows
The two main styles of storm windows are:
Exterior Storm Windows: These are glass panels framed in wood, aluminum, or vinyl. They attach to the outside of your window frame using caulk, screws, or hinges. Most have holes to allow accumulated moisture to evaporate.
Interior Storm Windows: Generally made from lightweight materials such as acrylic, plastic, or glass. They are designed to fit snugly to the inside of your window frame through magnets, compression systems, track systems, or adhesives.