As the heat of summer approaches, you may notice high electricity bills, condensation on your windows, and heat coming in your windows. But with a window replacement, your home could be kept cool without raising your thermostat. Let’s take a look at how you should choose a replacement window for your home.
Don’t Choose Based on Price
While many people tend to base their home furnishings on price, it is important to look past the price and focusing on the ratings of the windows. A high price tag does not guarantee it will keep your home cool or keep hot air outside. Before choosing a window based only on the price tag. A less expensive model may be Energy Star rated, while a more expensive window may allow air to escape and not keep the rain out of your Leesburg home.
Matching Windows to Climate
Before choosing a window, it is also important to look at windows that are perfect for your climate. If your home is exposed to high winds and cold temperatures, look for windows with both a low-temperature and wind resistance. If your area is exposed to high temperatures, you will need something with a low-temperature rating.
Upgrades may seem like the best option, but they can add up to be more than 50 percent of what the actual window costs. Settling for a double-hung window could be cheaper but just as effective as a triple-hung and glazed window. Before choosing windows with expansive add-ons, make sure you are staying within your budget and not adding useless options. When considering upgrades, consider practical options like a finer mesh screen, for more light and an unobscured view, and a Low-E coating.
Eco-Friendly Numbers to Pay Attention To
When looking at the replacement window’s labels, there are some things you should pay attention to. The u-factor, or u-value, should range from 0.20 to 1.20. The lower the number, the better the window is at keeping the heat inside your Leesburg home. The solar heat gain coefficient number should be between zero and one. The lower the number, the better the window is at blocking heat from the sun. In warm climates, you should look for the lowest number possible while in cold climates, look for the high number possible. The final number you should look for is a visible transmittance number that indicates how much light the window lets in. It should be between zero and one. As the number increases, the light in your home will also increase. When choosing a replacement window for your Leesburg, Virginia home, it is important for you to pick the right one. For more information on having your replacement windows installed in your home, call Absolute Home Solutions today!
Choosing Your Leesburg a Replacement Window with Absolute Home Solutions
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