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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 Used

 

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 Installed

 

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 summer.

 

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.

 

 

 

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