6 Tips on How to Select Energy Efficient Windows

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6 Tips on How to Select Energy Efficient Windows

Grasp the implications of having low-quality windows

Windows with a significantly lower price can actually turn out to be expensive than how they initially appear. If they are windows which are poor performing, then they may need an HVAC system along with ducting that are far more expensive in the initial stages and in the long run. All the factors need to be considered before making these investments. And it is often observed that after installing the windows, the homeowner may begin to experience some consistencies such as condensation issues, windows that have draftiness or even rooms which tend to overheat during the summertime, and usually by that time, it is already too late to remove the inferior quality windows. It is common for the homeowners to install entire cooling and heating systems. With regards to grievances about draftiness, it is typically attributed to poor quality windows that have cold glass and not the air leakage.

 

Get an insight into the different window types and features about their performance

There is an abundance of windows with a wide variety of packages, styles and types. To do justice and durability to the money that you have spent, you will need to break down the window into various different parts. The first task to take into account is the window type and how it operates. Search the manufacturer’s website and you discover a sliding, casement, double-hung and as well as tilt-and-turn. These are primarily choices that are drawn from the aesthetics and style of the home. Furthermore, there are two kinds of air seals around the window which one should be aware of and that is form and function. Even though windows come in various shapes and sizes to meet the design solutions, it is important to remember that every type has its own individual performance attribute while choosing units for homes which have low-energy.

 

Tilt-and-turns, awnings and casements all have a tendency to swing inward or outward and when it is locked, then they are pulled and pushed tightly against their weather-stripping. Judging from an energy efficiency perspective, their compression seals allow those windows advantage over windows which slide, in either a vertical or sideways manner (namely, double and single hungs). If you happen to decide on double hungs, it is wise to consider installing some windows which swing rather than slide. They’ll be greater insulation, along with other things being on equal par.

 

Selecting the ideal frame material

The frame material that you choose has an effect on performance and price. Frame materials pose as a hindrance in the performance of the window thermal and between 15 to 20% of the overall surface, it is the frame which will have an effect on the U-Factor. But with all this being said, there is the weather factor and durability to consider. Also, the durability of window frames, finishes and claddings differ greatly. Selecting suitable windows on the basis of the environment is essential, particularly if it is in regions with extreme weather conditions. For instance, fiberglass glass that can be made entirely of clad or fiberglass, can actually possess extreme weatherization as well as insulation properties when it is placed in comparison with alternative materials. It is for this very same reason that they are well suited for homes which are built in extreme locations and even in homes which are inclined towards energy efficiency. Given its low conductivity, the fiberglass is also a well-functioning insulator amongst the rest of the window frame materials. Its features also include shrinking and expanding at the very same rate as glass, thereby making the air seals as durable as the unit. It also provides stability, in the long run, to ensure that the fiberglass windows will function as good as new for years to come.

 

Familiarise yourself with EnergyStar Recommendations

Energystar recommendations are enacted for four climates zones within the United States which primarily consists of the heating zone (Northern) as well as a combination of cooling and heating zones (South/Central and North/Central) and a cooling zone (Southern). Each and every qualified window will have a list of the zones for which it is qualified. The standards which are laid out for Energystar has put forth an adequate benchmark with respect to the energy-conscious builders and architects. In an effort to select the finest of windows, it is still advisable to work alongside a supplier to factor in certain specifications such as the site orientation and the number and size of the window.

 

Choose the correct glazing package

The glazing constitutes an indispensable part in your window package. When manufacturers choose a particular frame material, they provide a wide variety of glass coatings and configurations which in turn, have a major effect on energy efficiency. To add to this, eminent window manufacturers from the States obtain their glass from a handful of factories which deals in integrating high-tech films, gases, spacers and coatings that go into the modern-day glazing units.

 

“Durability” has no label

It is to be noted that the National Fenestration Ratings Council offers a label on each and every window which delivers reliable figures with respect to its energy efficiency. On the other hand, overall comfort, value and performance are not just about energy efficiency. If windows are not strong or durable enough, then performance may not yield good results. The windows could even pose many problems later. As a result, it’s better to choose windows which will save up on energy, withstand the harsh weather conditions as well as perform like brand new, years and even decades later.

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