One highly important aspect of a home that is often overlooked by home buyers is the windows. It is so easy to get distracted by things like granite counter tops, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, and paint colours, that buyers forget to look at the quality of windows in a home. Having quality windows can provide many lasting benefits to home buyers including an increased feeling of space, more natural light, increased energy savings throughout the year, and greater comfort in both winter and summer when weather conditions can be very extreme.
One of my favourite upgrades in a home is to have Triple Pane windows with argon gas and a Low E (low thermal emissivity) coating. It is common practice of many builders to use lesser quality double pane windows that do not have any low e coating because of the cost savings to their bottom line. However, as a home owner it is important to understand the benefits of having superior windows.
Firstly, Argon gas and Low E help to keep the warm air in your home in the winter because of the higher insulating values. Argon gas is a non-toxic and odorless gas that is heavier than air and reduces airflow and convection that can occur inside the sealed window pane, thereby reducing heat loss in winter.
Secondly, the Low E actually helps to keep the heat out of your home in the summer by acting as a sun-stop to reflect the harmful UV rays that heat up your home and increase the fading of your furniture and flooring. Triple pain windows also have the benefit of adding an extra layer of insulation and an additional sound barrier to reduce noises coming from outside of your home such as city buses, squealing tires, or that neighbor of yours that accidently sets off his car alarm at 2 in the morning.
Although these upgraded windows may sound expensive, the benefits outweigh the costs, especially in our northern climate.
By the way, the home featured in the photos in this article is a Liv Real Estate listing in Ambleside. You can see more photos and find out more information at www.outstanding-home.com.