Is it time to make a change in the look and function of your home – a real change? The right windows can make a difference in your home in more ways than one. Replacing older windows can even make a home a bit stronger and protected than what your old windows were providing.
Every April the window industry works to educate the public through National Window Safety Week, stressing the importance of keeping homes safe with the right windows. Even though spring has arrived, knowing the proper safety tips and tricks can help you keep everyone in the home safe when you open up those windows to let the fresh air come in. And you’ll gain some other benefits as well.
The Right Replacement Windows Provide Energy Efficiency
When the windows in a home are old, they’re not as energy efficient as they can be. They are probably not rated highly for energy efficiency, and they might even create heat gain indoors in warmer weather while allowing the heat to escape during the winter months. In order to help with the energy bills, replacing those older windows with newer ones can cut your heating and cooling use.
Severe Weather Safety
When a window is hit by a branch or other debris and it shatters, this is because the window was older and the glass was not as strong as a newer window would be. Many types of windows are manufactured with glass that does not shatter easily or else breaks into small pebble-like nuggets that aren’t sharp. This is extremely important here in Minnesota, where high winds and hail often accompany our storms.
An Easily-Opened Window Is Important in an Emergency
When there is an emergency such as having to get out quickly because of a fire, the window has to be able to be opened and you have to easily be able to slip out of it. A window that is stuck or difficult to open could mean the difference between life and death. Having windows that operate easily and provide plenty of space to get out are especially critical in areas in your home without any other escape route.
But on the other hand, you want those windows to keep the little ones indoors as well. Each year when the weather gets warm, a child falls to his death by leaning on a screen or falling through an open window. Always make sure that when you open windows with toddlers around that there are safety gates or nets around them. You don’t want them pushing on the windows and then falling out. There are safety options you can get with your windows to keep children and pets inside.
Here at Window Outfitters, we know how important window safety is. Allow us to come in and give you an estimate on updating those older windows throughout your Minnesota home. We can provide helpful advice to keep your home as safe as can be, as well. We are THE replacement window company for the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.