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Replacement windows are designed to fit into the same structure that the old windows came out of and can drastically increase your homes energy-efficiency. There are a few different options to choose between when deciding on which replacement windows are right for your home.
When considering which type of glass will work best for you, look at the R-value and the U-factor. These ratings are assigned by the manufacturers to tell you how efficient the windows are.
The U-factor indicates how well the window does at keeping heat in. The lower the U-factor the better. Double or triple pane windows are a must when heat retention is important. Areas such as garages or sheds can use windows with single pane glass.
There are three choices of glass. The most popular is called low-emissivity or low-e glass. There is a special coating on the glass that can keep heat in or out, depending on the time of year. Low-e glass also repels most of the UV rays that would penetrate other types of glass. Another option is heat absorbing glass, which keeps the solar energy and keeps the heat out. This helps prevent the sunlight from causing carpets, drapes, and furniture from fading. The last type is called reflective glass, which is just like heat absorbing glass except it also has a film to reflect UV rays.
There are 5 basic types of replacement window frames:
Aluminum – These have become less popular over the years because they are not very energy-efficient and condensation builds easily.
Fibrex – This is a combination of wood and vinyl. The best features of each are used to create a window that is highly energy-efficient and requires little maintenance.
Fiberglass – Fairly new to the industry, fiberglass replacement windows are typically the most expensive but boast a very high R-value.
Wood – Windows made from wood have great R-values because wood is a natural insulator. However, they require a lot of maintenance because they can split, crack, rot and need to be repainted often.
Vinyl – This has become a popular choice because there are so many styles to choose from and they are energy-efficient. Condensation problems are virtually eliminated with vinyl replacement windows.
One of the most important things when it comes to getting replacement windows is the installation. Professional installation is highly recommended because if they are installed incorrectly, they will not perform to the best of their ability.
Replacement windows not only protect your home from the elements, but they also increase the safety and security of your home. Many homeowners put off replacing old and unsafe windows to avoid the cost of buying replacement windows. While replacement windows can be a more pricey renovation, they will be worth it in the long wrong, and you can’t put a price on keeping your family safe. Here are a few tips for picking out the right replacement windows for your home:
1) One of the most important things you need to consider when purchasing replacement windows is functionality. First, check local building codes and be mindful of the weather conditions in your area. Homes can be greatly affected by extreme weather, and your windows have to be up to the challenge. If high winds are common to your area, you should consider purchasing laminated, shatter-resistant glass. This feature will protect your home from high winds and is an added safety measure against break-ins.
2) Next, you should look at the hardware on the window. Many companies that offer replacement windows present different hardware options. It is important to consider both the appearance and the functionality of the hardware. Choose a color or look that will go along with the style of your home and that also is going to be safe and secure.
3) Choose a reputable company that offers replacement windows. Better companies will offer great warranties along with their windows. You should also look into if the company provides professional installation. Installing your new windows properly is just as important as them being reliable. If your windows are not installed properly, they will not be able to work to their fullest potential, causing drafts and allow for burglars to more easily break in.
4) Look for replacement windows that will improve energy efficiency. There are many new technologies for replacement windows that make your home more energy efficient, saving you money on your heating and cooling bills. Look for windows that use Low-E glass, which has a special gas between the windows to block out heat and UV rays. Some windows may even come with a special coating for added protection and will make the window practically self-cleaning.
Winter is coming and for Connecticut residents, and that means higher energy bills. The cost of heat will increase your energy bill with another cold winter on its way. The price of oil is up, and filling your oil tank to keep your home warm will be expensive. Low-E glass on new replacement windows can be a great ally in the battle against high energy bills.
There are many brands of Low-E glass that manufacturers use for their windows. High Performance Low-E4 glass is one of the best energy efficient, low maintenance glass products available. Without a doubt, this Low-E glass will immediately make a difference in your home. Not only will it help reduce your energy bill in the winter, but it will do the same in the summer.
Low-E4 glass uses a hermetically-sealed system to provide maximum insulation from heat, cold, and even sound. There are two panes of glass that have an argon gas blend filling the space between them. The argon gas blend minimizes thermal transfer. In comparison to a normal dual pane glass window, the Low-E4 glass is 56 percent more energy efficient in the summer and 45 percent more efficient during the winter. Depending on your location, this can translate into energy bills that are up to 25 percent less.
How it Works
The Low-E4 glass has a battle plan against the sun. What it does is protect your home against the sun’s destructive ultraviolet rays. The UV rays can fade fabric and damage furniture. An ordinary dual pane glass window will allow for 65 percent of UV rays to pass through it. Low-E4 glass has 11 microscopic coatings that allows only 17 percent of UV rays to enter your home. The strongly insulated double pane Low-E4 glass will also keep heat in. Inferior glass and windows will allow heat from inside your house to escape. Low-E4 glass is able to keep heat inside your home in the winter just like it keeps it out in the summer.
Another benefit to Low-E4 glass is its low maintenance. It uses a titanium dioxide exterior coating to make it essentially self cleaning. The coating is activated by the sunlight, and dirt loosens from the glass and is washed away by the rain. The coating then causes the glass to dry faster, creating 99 percent fewer water spots. You will almost never have to clean your windows again with Low-E4 glass.
If you are looking for a way to combat the cold this winter in Connecticut, have your windows replaced by ones with Low-E4 glass. Not only will it help with keeping the heat in during the winter, but it will help keep the heat out when summer returns.
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Cleaning windows is probably nobody’s favorite activity. Some people just down-right refuse to do it! However, when you are a prideful home owner, it is difficult to let such a detail escape your radar. You want your home to look beautiful, inside and out.
Fortunately, technology once again comes to the rescue. Low-E4® glass which comes standard on all Andersen windows and patio doors is the next generation of energy-efficient, low-maintenance glass.
Andersen Low-E4® glass is hermetically sealed for the best insulation from heat, cold, and sound. The space between the two panes of glass is filled with an argon gas blend which minimizes thermal transfer. High-Performance Low-E4 glass is 56% more energy-efficient in the summer months and 45% more efficient during the winter months. You can save up to 25% on your energy bills using Andersen products.
If all this weren’t fantastic enough, the exterior coating of titanium dioxide, the same substance found in common sunscreen, makes cleaning easier than ever. When the coating is activated by sunlight, dirt on the glass loosens and can be then washed away by rain. In addition, this TiO² coating makes water dry much faster and leaves up to 99% fewer water spots after a rain shower!
New Low-E4 glass features an innovative titanium dioxide (TiO²) exterior coating, which means fewer water spots and easier window cleaning. When this coating is activated by sunlight, dirt loosens from the glass and can be washed away by rain. The innovative TiO² coating also makes glass dry faster with up to 99% fewer water spots.
Let treacherous window cleaning be a thing of the past when you upgrade your home with Renewal by Andersen CT professional window installation.
Low-E4 glass is exclusive to select Andersen® windows and doors, and is included as a standard feature on all Renewal by Andersen® window products.
This winter season, the Connecticut landscape is missing one tell-tale sign of the season – snow! It has also been unseasonably warm. As of late, the spell of unusual temperature fluctuations seems finally to have given in to New England’s more traditional cold weather.
If your heating bill’s been going up faster than the temperature’s been dropping, it’s wise to consider replacement windows. The first name in replacement windows in Connecticut is Renewal by Andersen®. Throughout each step of replacing your windows, knowledgeable technicians will assist you to evaluate your needs and choose beautiful & efficient CT replacement windows. You can count on dedicated customer service and expert installation of your custom replacements.
Worried about the cost of replacing the windows in your Connecticut home? You’ll find financing and installation options can alleviate such concerns. There’s no need to bargain shop and risk poor quality materials and installation that can lead to greater expenditures down the road.
Beyond the expertise of customer service and installation, it’s the selection and technological performance of the Renewal by Andersen line that you will truly appreciate as a homeowner. Choose from style options to suit a traditional New England colonial or an edgy contemporary home – and everything in between. The windows are installed to seal up existing cracks and gaps and designed with state-of-the-art materials to be low maintenance.
High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass reduces heat transfer, and bringing in more natural light can reduce a home’s electricity demands leading to a smaller monthly electric bill. Minimizing heat loss in the winter reduces fuel consumption and the furnace’s workload – thereby extending furnace life.
If the return of winter temperatures has alerted you to the poor performance of your existing windows, now is the time to think about replacement options. As your windows are currently failing to keep the cold out and the heat in, you are unnecessarily wasting a great deal of money due to your home’s inefficiency. Schedule a free consultation to evaluate your replacement window needs and get a jump on the sweltering summer temperatures that will arrive before you know it.
Improving a home’s heat retention is a common reason for purchasing replacement windows and doors. Yet, while insulation is often associated with physically preventing air leakage, the glass plays a significant part in keeping heat in. Renewal by Andersen windows and doors all have Low-E4® glass, which can be upgraded to our most energy-efficient SmartSun™ variety. But, with this technology, how does glass prevent heat from escaping?
Aside from air leakage, heat leaves through a window by conduction, radiation, and convection. With conduction, the heat is transferred through the window, while, with radiation, it moves as infrared energy through the glass. Convection, on the other hand, still keeps heat inside but, through cooling, makes it denser, which causes it to drop downward. As a cyclical process, heat keeps on cooling once it approaches the window, regardless of the temperature inside.
With these concerns in mind, low-emissivity, or Low-E, glass reflects 90 percent of all long-wave heat energy while letting visible shortwave light pass through. Keeping the heat inside during the winter and cool air in summer, Low-E allows for a consistent inside temperature, and less heat is used over time, resulting in lower energy bills for you. Specifically in winter, however, low-angle visible light passes through Low-E glass into the home, where it is absorbed by the interior.
Low-E is further improved when low-conductance gas fillings are added. Together, these features increase the glass’ energy efficiency by 100 percent when compared to the ordinary clear variety.
So, what does Renewal by Andersen specifically offer? Low-E4® glass, which is added to all products, is 45- to 56-percent more energy-efficient than ordinary dual pane and blocks out 83 percent of UV rays, which fade fabric and can damage furniture. An upgrade, Low-E4® SmartSun™ is 70-percent more energy-efficient in cooler weather and blocks 95 percent of UV rays.
On the subject of energy-efficient windows, how do you know which model is best for your home? Factors that need to be taken into consideration, in this case, include location and climate. Connecticut – our service area for products and installations – is a colder climate, and as a result, any energy-efficient replacement windows must contain heat inside your home in winter but still assist with cooling in summer.
Through Renewal by Andersen, all replacement windows have low-emissivity (or Low-E) glass. Our product, called Low-E4®, is 45- to 56-percent more energy-efficient, depending upon the weather. An upgrade, Low-E4® SmartSun™ glass blocks the sun’s heat while letting in just as much sunlight as clear glass. Our most energy-efficient, SmartSun™ is 70-percent more energy-efficient, particularly in cooler weather, and blocks 95 percent of all UV rays, which fade fabrics and can even damage furniture. With our customized approach to all products, Renewal by Andersen gives customers the choice of glass types.
Yet, going farther than the glass, other factors may make an energy-efficient window more ideal for your home. These include:
• Greater glass surface area. Heat aside, more glass means more natural light in your home. Using the sunlight as your source of brightness during the day, you’ll find that energy bill amounts and dependence on artificial light lessen over time. Renewal by Andersen’s sliding windows and doors offer such properties.
• Improved air circulation. Wanting to cut down on air conditioning use in the summer? Rather than put up with stagnant air or pay for an air conditioner, casement windows let a natural breeze inside your home. Opening with a crank, casement windows can be placed above cabinets, counters, or other hard-to-reach spots and are our most energy-efficient model.
• Preventing air leakage. Although heat leaves a home in four ways, air leakage removes the greatest amount. Heat can pass through lose joints, older weather stripping, crevices, or any spot not tightly closed, and blocking is the only effective approach in keeping it contained. If you are looking to specifically combat constant draft and escaping air, find frames with clamping mechanisms, such as casement or hinged windows.
Energy-efficient windows keep more heat inside a home, block air leakage, and, over time, end up reducing your energy bills. Yet, when it comes to comparing the standard dual-pane glass models with Low-E windows, what, exactly, is the difference?
Several approaches are taken in order to create energy-efficient replacement windows. In general, less conductive materials stop heat flow, and glazed windows trap gases, such as argon, in between the panes. The greatest amount of heat, however, escapes through air leakage, in which it goes through any cracks in the window’s design. Creating a close fit at all joints and connection points significantly reduces air leakage. Clamping tightly down against weather stripping, casement and hinged windows specifically work against air leakage.
Heat escapes through windows in more ways than one. Conduction allows heat to be transferred through the windows, while radiation involves heat moving as infrared energy through the glass. Convection, on the other hand, keeps heat in the house, but it sinks downward as a result of being cooled near the windows.
Low-emissivity, or Low-E, glass takes advantage of these qualities. Reflecting 90 percent of long-wave heat energy while letting shortwave visible light through, Low-E glass keeps a home warm in winter and cool in summer. In winter, specifically, low-angle visible light goes through the glass into your home, where it is absorbed by the interior. Insulation with Low-E is equivalent to adding an additional glass pane. When coupled with low-conduction gas fillings, Low-E4 is 100-percent more efficient than ordinary clear glass.
Although Low-E glass is energy-efficient, it’s not the only design possibility. Windows with large glass surface areas use high-visible transmittance, which brings more natural light into your home while improving the view. Over time, a homeowner lessens his or her dependence on artificial light sources, saving on energy bills in the process.