During the fall and winter, it is a ritual - heavy storm windows are installed in your home. And during the first warm breezes of spring you pull them out to let the fresh breeze inside.
This seems to make perfect sense – storm windows are great for insulation. Most people think of insulation during cold weather only. But insulation is also useful in the summertime, for keeping hot air out and cool air inside. This is doubly true if your home has central air conditioning. This leads to a question: Is it prudent to keep storms windows in over the summer?
It really depends on how you keep your home cool through the summer. If you use fans, rely on shade and cool breezes to cool your house, your best bet is probably to take your storm windows off in spring. Without air conditioning, circulation of fresh air is the simplest way to keep cool.
On the other hand, if your home has air conditioning, storm windows will provide another layer of insulation. This will aid in keeping the AC’s cool air inside your home and hot air out, thus increasing energy efficiency. That means lower electricity bills during the hottest time of the year. In short: if you’ve got AC, keep the storm windows in all year.
What About Storm Doors?
What’s true of storm windows is true of storm doors. Opening the front door and letting a cool breeze blow through the screen is a refreshing treat in the summer, but if you have air conditioning, it results in wasted money and energy. Storms doors will make is easier to let in the warm sun, view the outdoors and keep the cool air inside your home.
For any questions regarding storm windows and energy efficiency, give Town and Country Professional Window Cleaning a call today. Their experienced staff can help inform you of all the services they can provide for you to keep your home cool all summer long.