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A storm window is an ancillary window that attaches to the original window in order to decrease air leaks and drafts, and therefore increase efficiency. This can be an excellent alternative for homeowners who want to make their home more energy efficient (and reduce their utility bills) but aren’t in a position to invest in replacement windows. When it comes to storm windows, you have many different options depending on your needs, your aesthetic requirements, and the budget you have to work with. If you’re looking to invest in some type of storm window, here are some popular alternatives.

  1. The Exterior Storm Window: This type of storm window is mounted on the outside frame of the window and thus needs to be constructed from durable materials and properly maintained to ensure maximum efficiency. Depending on the price bracket, frame materials range from cheap but inefficient aluminum to low-conductive, energy-efficient vinyl. Pane materials also come in glass, plastic panels, or specialized break-resistant materials, and can be coated with a glaze that protects a home's interior from damaging UV rays. Some of the benefits of this variation of storm window is that they don’t take away any interior windowsill space and can be an aesthetic upgrade to the outside of the home as well. One thing to note is that exterior storm window models are a frequent cause of condensation, trapping moisture between the storm window and primary window, which can result in damage to the original window frame. Newer models contain a weep hole that allows any excess water to drain, but this feature prevents the window from being completely weather tight.
  2. The Interior Storm Window: Interior storm windows are similar to their exterior counterparts, except they are attached to the inside of the window frame. This type of storm window has become increasingly popular due to its convenience and affordability. They are cheaper and much easier to install and remove than exterior windows, and are also more energy efficient in that they are able to form a tight seal with the existing window glass.
  3. The Temporary Storm Window: A temporary storm window may be a great alternative for the homeowner who is looking to decrease drafts and leaks but is working with a tight budget. Temporary storm windows come in box kits and are essentially shrink wrap plastic that covers the window to stop air leaks. Although they are budget friendly and effective at blocking drafts, they also prevent ventilation, block light, and distort your window view. They are also indeed temporary, and only meant to last for one season.

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