When your home’s warm air leaks and the cold air from outside replaces it, it causes a draft, which feels like a cool breeze or chilly spot inside the house. Homeowners typically begin to feel them as the temperatures drop during the fall, and they only intensify through winter. Luckily, replacement windows can address this pesky issue—here’s how.
Why Are Drafts a Concern?
Drafts can make your home uncomfortable, potentially disrupting your normal routine once the weather cools. You shouldn’t have to pile on blankets, avoid the side of the couch near the window, or use space heaters to keep your home warm. You might also find yourself bundling up with thick socks, since cold air sinks and can make your floors chilly.
Besides being a persistent discomfort, drafts can also reduce your home’s energy efficiency. Heat loss caused by inefficient windows is responsible for up to 30% of a household’s heating use. New, energy-efficient windows can reduce heat loss, thereby putting less strain on your heating system and allowing you to save on your heating bills.
How Can Replacement Windows Help?
If you’re considering replacement windows, several energy-efficient features can help you reduce drafts. For example, gas-filled windows with low-emissivity (low-E) coatings help to prevent heat loss. Double-hung windows are especially useful for thermal management in areas that see extreme temperatures.
You can also look for windows with a low U-factor, which represents a lower rate of conduction for heat flow. Windows with these features lock in heat and prevent cool air from entering, allowing for a more comfortable living space and adding the bonus of energy savings.
Whether you’re a contractor seeking quality building supplies for your jobs or a homeowner looking for affordable products for your upgrade, turn to Tri-State Wholesale Building Supplies. Having served Cincinnati, OH, since 1970, this company offers a broad range of construction materials, including replacement windows, siding, and doors. Explore their window options online, or call (513) 381-1231 to speak with an associate.