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The purpose of storm windows – regardless of whether they are installed on the inside (interior) or outside (exterior) of existing windows – is to provide an added layer of temperature insulation, and reduce the amount of air that passes through gaps in windows and frames.
Older storm windows were usually made using a single pane of clear glass. Newer windows come in single- and double-pane models, and many come with a "low-e" coating to help retain heat during the winter, and reflect it outside during the summer. Like older windows, new storm windows come in interior and exterior models, or can completely replace existing windows.
Storm windows are usually removed and stored when not in use.
"Do new windows need storm windows?"
In most cases, new windows – especially energy efficient models – no longer require additional storm windows. Newer windows are more efficient, and can also be purchased with varying degrees of glass strength, including impact resistant glass for storm protection and added security.
Of course, you can still choose to add storm windows for added insulation, protection and/or security.
"Do storm windows reduce noise?"
Yes, storm windows do help reduce the amount of outside noise that enters a home. If noise is a concern, speak with a window expert who can offer advice on the materials, glazing, and types of storm windows that offer the best soundproofing.
"Do storm windows add security?"
Storm windows can add security to a home since the added barrier acts as an additional deterrent, making it harder to break through.
If home security is an important factor for your storm windows, speak with an expert who can offer advice on the materials, glazing, and the types of storm windows that best fit your needs and situation.
"Do storm windows save energy?"
Yes! Storm windows increase energy efficiency by keeping your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Look for storm windows that are energy star rated.