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Select this option if you need multiple types or assistance in determining the best type for your project.

SKYLIGHTS
Allow natural light into top floor rooms such as attics that may not have walls for windows.

AWNING WINDOWS
Like casement windows, they crank out, but the sash opens upward instead of sideways.

STORM WINDOWS Protect older windows against energy inefficiency and are an economical option.

SLIDER/GLIDER
These windows feature a sliding track allowing the sashes to move left and right.

SINGLE HUNG WINDOWS Only the bottom sash opens. The top half of the window is stationary.

DOUBLE HUNG
Both sashes move up and down. Generally both sashes will pop in for easy cleaning.

BAY/BOW WINDOWS Generally protrude out from the exterior wall of a home, creating a wide view and wide window sill inside.

CASEMENT WINDOWS These windows crank out and allow maximum air flow in and out of a home.

BASEMENT EGRESS These maximize light in a basement and are also used for safety.

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Council Bluffs Replacement Windows

Investing in Council Bluffs replacement windows is a smart decision if you've seen evidence that your Iowa home is losing energy. Some of the signs of energy loss include noticeable drafts around certain windows, visible damage to the frames, condensation between the panes of double paned glass and an increase in your utility bills. While caulking and weather stripping can minimize heat loss, replacement of your old windows is the best way to make your house more energy efficient.

The Iowa community of Council Bluffs is situated across the Missouri River from Omaha, Nebraska. Council Bluffs is graced by many charming older buildings, especially in its historic Oakland-Fairview neighborhood. Homeowners throughout the city look for opportunities to save money on the cost of Council Bluffs replacement windows while enhancing the curb appeal of their residences. Comparing online quotes from several trusted Council Bluffs replacement windows providers is one of the most effective ways to find the most value for your money.

Home Comfort in the Winter

The Iowa climate can be notoriously difficult to manage, with temperature extremes ranging from below freezing in the winter to the high 80s and 90s in the summer. Severe thunderstorms in the spring can compromise the security of Council Bluffs homeowners and their families. In the winter, heavy snows and bitterly cold temperatures demand well insulated Council Bluffs replacement windows. Maintaining winter comfort in a Council Bluffs residence requires balancing the need for interior comfort in both summer and winter.

Double or triple paned replacement windows are the most energy efficient options when it comes to choosing glass for your Iowa window replacement products. Multiple layers of glass enclose one or two layers of krypton gas, argon gas or air. This layer of air or gas, combined with more than one layer of glass, offers maximum insulation and resistance to heat loss. Double paned windows are the most efficient at keeping IA utility bills under control when the temperatures plummet outside.

The National Fenestration Council, or NFRC, applies a label to products that are rated using its criteria at one of its authorized laboratories. Council Bluffs replacement windows with a low U value show a minimal amount of heat loss, which means that they are more efficient at providing insulation for your rooms. The R value, the inverse of the U value, is sometimes used to designate IA replacement products that are especially effective at resisting heat loss. While the U value should be low to indicate an efficient window, the R value should be high.

The substrate material used to frame Council Bluffs replacement windows plays a significant role in the efficiency of your replacement window sets. Wood, vinyl and fiberglass are the most effective insulators, while aluminum has low performance ratings. In IA, where heavy rains, snows, sunlight and heat can damage wood, many Council Bluffs homeowners choose aluminum or vinyl clad frames. Wooden frames are clad with a layer of metal or polyvinyl chloride to protect the exterior while allowing homeowners to enjoy natural wood frames indoors.

Reducing Energy Usage

You don't have to be an expert in replacement windows technology to find the most efficient, high performing windows. The Energy Star label is featured on Council Bluffs replacement windows that have exceptionally high performance ratings. In addition to minimizing the use of fossil fuel to heat or cool homes, these products can help homeowners in Council Bluffs lower their heating and air conditioning bills. When you reduce your home's energy usage, you reduce the carbon emissions produced by your household.

A home energy audit can tell you whether it's time to consider replacing your existing window sets. On a windy day, hold a lighted candle up to your window frames and move the candle slowly around the frame's perimeter. The flame of the candle will rise in the direction of the wind if air is infiltrating the frame or panes. At night, you can see a rim of light around the tiny gaps in an assembly if there are leaks between the components. By replacing your old products with new Council Bluffs replacement windows, you may all but eliminate these sources of leakage.

In the summer, when temperatures rise and the air is hot and muggy, you can minimize your air conditioning usage by retrofitting your old assemblies with high performance products. Low emissivity glass treatments prevent solar heat gain inside your rooms and protect your furniture and curtains by blocking the sun's ultraviolet light. An assembly that blocks heat transfer can prevent the transmission of hot exterior air into your home.

Buying Council Bluffs replacement windows may seem like a costly venture. However, the benefits you gain from this investment will pay off in the years ahead. This home improvement project can boost your property value, increase energy efficiency and cut heating and cooling costs.

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