It’s that time of year again! As we get into the dead of winter, energy efficiency around your home becomes far more critical. Apex Exteriors has some fail safe tips and tricks to make sure your windows are performing at their most efficient this winter. To learn more about the products and services that we offer, visit Apex Exteriors at or call 847.961.4601.

Improve Your Current Windows

While you may ultimately want to replace ill-performing windows, there are a few things you can try before making that final decision:

  1. Storm Windows

Storm windows are an additional retrofit to your current windows, which can be installed internally or externally. They can be made of glass, rigid plastic, or flexible plastic and can be permanent or temporary, and they function similarly to insulated glazing.

  1. Caulking

Applying updated caulk to your window frame on the inside or outside (or both) can help if you can feel a small draft around the window frame.

  1. Weather Stripping

If you can identify specific leaky spots in your window frames, your windows may benefit from weather stripping.

Choosing New, Energy Efficient Windows

There are many types of new windows and components that you should take into consideration:

  1. Awning Windows

Hinged at the top and open outwards. They are typically wider than they are tall and have an opening sash for side-to-side ventilation.

  1. Casement

Hinged on the side and open outward to the left or right. They are typically taller than wide and receive top-to-bottom ventilation.

  1. Fixed

Don’t open at all, but are very energy efficient, as they don’t have to accommodate for sealing openings.

  1. Hopper

Hinged at the bottom and open outwards. They are typically wider than they are tall and accommodate side-to-side ventilation.

  1. Single- and Double-Hung

Single-hung windows are standard windows – with a sliding panel that can be opened from top-to-bottom or bottom-to-top. Double-hung windows are a side-by-side version of the single-hung. These windows are typically taller than they are wide.

  1. Single- and Double-Sliding

Single-sliding windows are a sideways version of the single-hung window. Double-sliding windows are a side-by-side version of the single-sliding. These windows are typically wider than they are tall.

Apex Exteriors Inc. is a top contracting company in the Chicagoland area, with exterior residential and commercial contractors who you can trust. Visit Apex Exteriors online at or call 847.961.4601.

Last Updated on April 15, 2017 by


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