Insulated storm windows are an economical option for improving the energy efficiency of your home and reducing heating and cooling costs.
If you’re thinking about installing insulated storm windows for your home, keep reading this comprehensive guide to learn more about the types of storm windows, their benefits and the installation process.
What Are Insulated Storm Windows?
Insulated storm windows are additional windows that are mounted to your primary windows either on the interior or exterior, providing an added layer of protection for your home.
They can range from inexpensive plastic sheets or films designed for a single season to triple-track glass units with low-emissivity coatings.
Two-Track—With these windows, the outer track contains a half screen on the bottom and an outer pane of glass on the top. The inside track contains the inside pane, which can be raised and lowered to allow air into the home.
Triple-Track—These windows have two window panes and half screens that rest in a separate track, giving you the capability to pass items through the open window when necessary. Triple-track windows also provide effective cross-ventilation.
Two-Track Slider—Similar to regular two-track storm windows, two-track sliders open horizontally instead of vertically.
Basement—Also known as picture windows, these windows have only one pane held in place by thumb latches on the outside of the frame.