Quality Windows can Save you Money and add to the Enjoyment of your Home
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.
About Justin Tazi
With over a decade of experience as a real estate agent, Justin Tazi embraces the opportunity to help people with one of the most significant investments that they will make in their life, their home. Justin brings a high level of patience and professionalism to his clients along with a knowledge of the luxury market in Edmonton, helped many clients buy and sell luxury homes and condos. Justin is a passionate family man that loves to travel and he is an integral member of Liv Real Estate, Edmonton’s leading boutique Real Estate Firm.