If you are one of the many Charlotte residents who are expecting cooling costs to increase this summer, it's time to replace aging, drafty windows with efficient, tight-fitting ones. You will find this Berkeley Lab information useful:
New window technologies have increased energy benefits and comfort, and have provided more practical options for consumers.
Selecting the right window for a specific home invariably requires tradeoffs between different energy performance features, and with other non-energy issues. An understanding of some basic energy concepts is therefore essential to choosing appropriate windows and skylights.
High-performance windows make energy-efficient homes possible with greater freedom of design than in the past.
The NFRC label provides useful information — such as the window's U-Factor, Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, Visible Light Transmittance, and Air Leakage rating - to help you choose wisely.
Commercially available windows must meet numerous standards and building regulations addressing condensation resistance, sound control, maintenance requirements, and overall durability of the unit.
In evaluating the cost of new or replacement window units, the aesthetic, functional, and energy performance characteristics come together.
Finding a dependable installer for window replacement in Charlotte NC is the next important task to do - because even the best windows won't provide the look, comfort, or savings you expect if they're installed poorly. It is recommended to hire the same contractor for purchase and installation to lessen the chances of problems arising later. Top-rated manufacturers like Simonton Windows train and certify contractors for their specific products.
Roof Roof, trusted contractor for replacement windows in Charlotte NC, is proud to partner with Simonton Windows. This manufacturer's products test data compares very satisfactorily with the standards set by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) and the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA). For three consecutive years, Simonton Windows ranked Number 1 in Builder and Remodeler Satisfaction, in a survey conducted by the prestigious global market research firm J.D. Power and Associates.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Selecting Windows for Energy Efficiency, windows.lbl.gov)