Throughout the country, regardless of where a person lives, there are many weather-related concerns that must be considered during certain times of the year. While Austin remains a very favorable climate for many reasons, there are areas of concern that must make one consider how well their current windows are holding up. Replacement windows in Austin have a great deal to offer for residents, but before making the investment, one should understand what the windows will have to stand up against and what strengths and weaknesses they may have in doing so.
In Austin, there are just nineteen days per year, on average, that see freezing temperatures. That number is so small that flakes of snow and balls of sleet are rarely, if ever seen. The temperate winter weather is one of the things that people love most about Texas.
In general, there will be one hundred or more days in any given year when the temperatures will push the ninety degree boundary. Many of those summer days, in fact, will reach triple digits, making the average person run for the comfort of a well insulated and air-conditioned space. Even at the yearly average temperature of seventy-nine degrees, Austin Texas is a warm place to be. Cooling costs are a major concern for most residents. Consider the fact that
there are only a few months of the year – four at most – during which homeowners rely on heating sources in Austin. While March and November do have average low temperatures of about fifty degrees, the days are generally mild enough to warm the house and keep it that way through the cooler evening hours. That leaves December, January, and February as the only heating months of the year. On the other hand, during any of the other nine months of the year, there can be days that call for air conditioning. The costs of keeping the house cool in July, August, and September when high temperatures reach or exceed ninety-five degrees is a much more costly undertaking.
In order to save some cash during the hottest months of the year, many Texas citizens consider installing new windows. Today’s double- and triple-paned windows have a lot going for them. They feature insulating layers of air or argon gas trapped between the panes and thick frames to slow heat transfer. In the northern climates a special coating known as Low-E is applied to the outer pane, where it is protected in the cushion of trapped air. There is stops the long light waves, which carry heat, from leaving the homes. In those areas of the country, heat is a precious commodity. The same cannot be said in Austin. Here, the coating has been re-engineered and applied to the inner pane of glass. It very specifically targets infrared light waves, refusing their entry into the home. The heat they carry is stopped and as a result the air conditioning system doesn’t have to work as hard to keep the house at a comfortable temperature. In Austin, it is worth having a free window replacement estimate as the upfront cost may just be worth the savings that will occur in those hot summer months.