Looking after your windows is a vital part of keeping your home safe and comfortable. Quality windows are also more environmentally friendly now than ever before, so occasional upgrades and repairs are essential if you want to reduce your energy bills and insulate your home. At Modernize, we help homeowners make their homes greener in simple and straightforward ways, so here are a few options to help you choose beautiful and eco-friendly window upgrades for your home.
Windows are one of the most prominent and recognizable features of older and period homes. However, homeowners often struggle to keep their period windows maintained to a modern standard of insulation and efficiency. If the original windows in your older home need some TLC, then don’t despair: specialist window professionals can tastefully upgrade your original windows and make them fit for contemporary living. Adding double glazing, shutters, awnings, and blinds to period windows will make them perform better throughout the year and increase your home’s green status while maintaining the charm and design style of your home.
Sustainable building is on trend in the construction world today and involves the use of low-tech craftsmanship and thoughtfully sourced materials to create a low-carbon product that is both beautiful and eco-friendly. If you want to incorporate these practices the next time you upgrade your windows, choose window specialists who create bespoke frames made from FSC certified sustainable wood or locally sourced aluminum and other materials. Shopping local also decreases the carbon footprint of your windows, since the shipping distance is negligible and less energy is consumed, while constructing frames by hand consumes less energy during the building process.
If you want to further decrease your home’s energy bills and have already installed energy efficient windows throughout your home, it might be time to consider natural light as a supplement to your in-home lighting systems. Skylight windows are an often overlooked window alternative that will save you money on your electricity bills by maximizing the natural light in your home. Placing skylights strategically throughout your living spaces will make the most of exterior light and make your home more eco-friendly throughout the year—just be sure to choose skylights with double or even triple paned glass for added energy efficiency.
While traditional windows certainly have a place in your home, there are times when homeowners need or want to get creative with their windows for both aesthetic and environmental reasons. Floor to ceiling windows made from energy efficient glass (two or three panes with an insulating gas between layers and low-e coatings to increase insulation inside and reflect sunlight outside) create a stunning, bright effect in your home by bringing the outside in. Irregular shaped windows such as circles, semicircles, and long rectangles will add instant charm to your home, while restored or repurposed stained or textured glass gives your home a vintage look that is both eco-friendly and beautiful. Finally, functional windows such as glass blocks and egress windows give your home added security and privacy and can be made to your exacting standards of energy efficiency. To lear more about different window types check out Modernize Windows.