Four Things to
Consider When Buying Windows
If you've been thinking of
buying new or replacement windows for a home or business,
there are four important things to keep in mind.
1. The Type of Glass
Not all window glass is
created equal. Different types of glass have a different
Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC). So what does that
mean, in plain English?
When the sun shines through
a window, it makes the inside of your home warmer. But
some windows can absorb more of that heat than others.
What that means to you is that those windows keep your house
cooler on sunny days. You don't have to cool the house
off as much, which means lower electric bills.
Solar Heat Gain Coefficient
is measured in a number, between zero and one. The lower the
number of the glass in your new windows, the less heat is
gained in your home when the sun shines through it. And
as you already know, Louisiana is no stranger to strong sun
and hot weather. So make sure that the windows that you
buy have a low SHGC. It can mean a cooler home, and money
saved on bills.
2. How the Windows are
The best windows in the
world won't do you any good if they aren't installed right.
If you buy energy-efficient windows, and don't have them
installed by an experienced technician, you take risks.
You risk losing the energy-saving benefits that you wanted,
not to mention time and money if you end up hiring someone
else to fix the mistake.
When shopping for windows,
find out if the company selling them also does installation.
Then find out what type of experience they have with
energy-efficient products. You simply can't afford to
hire an inexperienced company.
3. Type of Spacers Used
Some windows are just a
single pane of glass. Others use two panes of glass to
keep cold out during the winter, and heat out during the
summer. Those two panes of glass are kept slightly apart
by what's called a "spacer."
Here's the problem.
For years, window makers would use spacers made out of
aluminum. And aluminum absorbs heat too easily.
This means that the wrong kind of spacer in your windows can
cause your home to heat up more during the summer, and let too
much cold in during the winter.
If you plan on buying
energy-efficient windows, you want to find out what type of
spacers are used. Some brands of insulated windows now
use spacers made from special foams, vinyl, or fiberglass.
Not only do these new
spacers protect your home from hot and cold weather better,
but they also cut down on the amount of condensation on your
windows. Less moisture on your windows means less risk
of harmful mold or bacteria finding it's way into your home.
4. Thickness and Type of
Window Frame Used
If you've read this far,
you should now understand that everything from the type of
glass to the type of spacer used can effect how well your
windows insulate your home. But there's one last thing
that can also effect insulation: the window frame.
Window frames can be made
from wood, aluminum, vinyl, or other materials. The
material used for your window frames can make a big difference
as to whether or not extreme heat and cold can be kept outside
of your home. So make sure you know what your options
are when choosing a frame, and which type of material will
work best to help keep you warm in the winter, and cool in the
Beyond insulation needs,
window frames are available in different materials that can
offer the look that you need. Find out the benefits and
drawbacks of using vinyl instead of wood, or vice versa.
Now That You Know How to
Shop for Windows, Give us a Call.
We'd love to hear from.
Advanced Home Energy Solutions can answer any questions that
you have about energy efficient windows. We can help you
find out which windows are best for your needs.
If you are a Louisiana
resident and would like a free quote on windows
or installation with no obligation to buy,
call us now at 225-255-1116. You may also fill out the quick
contact form at the top right of this page.