There aren't all that many places where the weather is fair year-round. Most places will have you feeling exceptionally hot during the summer or extremely cold in the winter or even both. When you live in an area where the weather is of a greater concern, then you will want to make sure you take care of your house with regards to preparing it for those weather conditions. You'll want insulated pipes for protection from freezing in the winter, clean rain gutters to prevent clogging and water damage during rainy seasons and a cleaned out chimney to prepare for those chilly winter nights when you want to light a fire. Along with making sure everything else is kept weather-ready, you will also want to check on your windows and make sure they are up to doing their duties. Here are some improvements and changes you may want to think about doing to your windows if they need anything done to them:
Have old windows and frames replaced – If the frames in your home are in need of new, more updated frames, then you should do this. Newer frames that are in better shape will help prevent air leaks that can be costly and make it hard for you to achieve the temperature you want throughout the inside of your house. Since you will already be removing the windows to replace the frames, this is a great time to also follow through with installing double hung replacement windows. They will help to keep your home feeling more comfortable no matter what the temperature outside is. You can learn about the benefits and features of dual paned windows in the next paragraph.
The benefits and features of double paned windows – If you do make the smart decision to have double paned windows installed throughout your home, then you will get to enjoy some different benefits. You will know you have a double layer of protection due to the existence of that second pane. So, if something happens to break one window, you may still have a second in place. There is a thin space between the pieces of glass that also helps add insulation to the home. If you were to hold your hand up to a regular single pane window, you can feel the heat or cold on y our hand from the outside. You won't feel this when you hold your hand up to a much thicker double paned window.
Have reflective film put on the windows – The sun can hit on your window and the rays will go right through the glass where they will eventually cause sun bleaching of the things the rays are always coming into contact with. These can include things like your furniture, flooring, etc. Reflective tint will cause the rays to bounce off the window to protect your home, as well as keeping it cooler.