Performance Ratings When Buying Replacement Windows
One item of work often taken up in home improvement projects is installing replacement windows. Choosing the right type of window replacement in Escondido, CA requires you to make the right decision, as replacing windows can lead to a substantial investment, that must bring you substantial benefits.
This can come from an increase in energy efficiency leading to lower utility bills, improved comfort, and easy and convenient operation. They should also improve the appearance of your home and help to increase its resale value.
You can only get all these benefits if you choose the right windows and get an experienced and competent agency to install them.
Replacement windows come with ratings that are provided by the National Fenestration Rating Council, and you can also get consumer reports for window ratings for a limited number of windows. The rating reports by the NFRC come after comprehensive testing about four basic window performance parameters.
These performance ratings assess its U factor, a factor that measures its heat gain from solar heat coefficient, another factor that measures its visible transmittance, and finally one that judges its capacity for air leakage. The U factor assesses the performance of the windows in the winter. Lower U factors indicate that the window is more efficient at keeping the heat inside the home when it is cold outside.
Solar heat gain coefficient tells you about the summertime performance of windows as a factor between 0 and 1. Lower numbers indicate that the window keeps out heat and helps in lowering the costs for cooling. Visible transmittance is an indication of the amount of light that passes through the window though it has no direct effect on the energy efficiency of the window. Air leakage has to be low as this adds to the comfort and makes for more energy savings. Ratings fall between 0.1 and 0.3.
While ratings are an indication of the performance of windows, you may also find other factors influencing your buying decision. Windows must be of the size of the windows that you are replacing or the openings they are required to cover. They must also suit the style of the decor of the home and can be picture windows or those that can be operated. Any windows that you choose for replacement must be less demanding of maintenance and here is where replacement windows that are made of vinyl or aluminum score over other materials. Windows need to have a maximum viewing area, and this can depend on the dimensions of its frame. Glass that is used for windows can go a long way in ensuring its energy efficiency, and this can be increased by using double panes or triple panes. These windows will also help to greatly reduce noise.
It is of great importance that any windows that you choose for replacement must carry the manufacturer’s warranties of 10 to 20 years. Lower warranties are given for the sealing of glass and hardware in windows, while the actual window elements may be available with higher warranties. The performance of your replacement windows in Escondido, CA can also be affected by the expertise and competence of the technicians who install them.
The Window Shoppe has over 50 years of combined window experience. Give them a call at (760) 727-0001 or visit their showroom at 2445 La Mirada Dr, Vista, CA 92081.