When the time comes to replace the windows on your home, you should use the opportunity to look into specialty windows that you could benefit from. They can help your home become energy efficient, or even give you more security. Here are two of those specialty windows you should consider for a more comfortable home.

Windows For Soundproofing

Do you live on a very busy street, with you often hearing the sound of cars passing by? If so, you'll most likely be considering your options for additional soundproofing. These windows have multiple glass panes in them, which use empty space to attenuate sound. Some windows can even block as much as 95% of the sound that would otherwise get in.

One thing to keep in mind is that these windows will only be effective if your windows are currently your weakest link in soundproofing. A home with very poor insulation or thin walls will already be letting in plenty sound from the outside. Consider holding off on the window upgrade if you don't plan on fixing those other parts of your home at some point.

Windows With Smart Glass

There is some new glass technology being incorporated into windows, known as smart glass. It works by having an electrical current run through the glass, which makes the glass darker or transparent when you adjust a knob or slider. This glass has the capability of blocking out up to 98% of the light from outside.

This technology helps contribute to a more comfortable home because you can have the privacy you desire without resorting to blinds or curtains. For example, if you want to keep light out during a summer day to keep your home cool, this smart glass will be much more effective than using other methods.

Many homeowners decide to use smart glass only in select rooms of their home. For example, it may be used in the bedroom for the ability to block out outside light to sleep in on the weekend. If you have a large window that is not practical to put blinds or curtains in front of, smart glass can also provide you with privacy without ruining the aesthetics of your home.

When considering either of these options, it is best to discuss it with a local window contractor like those at Gallagher Bros. Inc. They can help you get a price quote on how much it will cost to have the windows installed, which will let you know if they are a viable option for your budget.