Get the Facts About Energy Efficient Windows

Get the Facts About Energy Efficient Windows

Up to 30 percent of your heat and air conditioning is lost through your windows which is why you should invest in ENERGY STAR efficient windows. Over time, energy efficient windows can save you a considerable amount of money in heating and air conditioning costs. However, there are many different options available, so it is important to know if you are choosing the right windows for your home and exactly what they will do to keep your family comfortable.

What Makes Windows Energy Efficient?

There are three factors that determine if a window is energy efficient. Some types of glass are more energy efficient than others. Some types of energy efficient windows, such as the WeatherShield Zo-E Shield glass is coated with multiple layers of coating to add energy efficiency. They also have inert gas-filled airspace that adds additional energy efficiency. The type of window can also have an effect on the energy efficiency. Casement and picture windows often have more energy efficiency as do fiberglass windows while wood and vinyl windows are less energy efficient. Proper installation can also make a difference in how energy efficient windows are.

Energy Efficient Replacement Windows

If you are considering replacement windows, it is important to replace older windows with windows that are more energy efficient. Not only do these type of windows lower your energy costs, they can also increase the value of your home. The windows come in full-frame so you can replace the entire window including the frame or you can choose pocket frame windows which are fully assembled and able to be installed in the pocket of an existing window. If your frames are in good condition, you may only need to purchase sash kits that are more efficient.

Understanding Energy Ratings for Windows

There are several energy ratings for windows that can be important when you choose new or replacement windows. The U-Factor, which ranges from 0.20 to 1.20. The lower the number the better the window insulates. The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) ranges from zero to one with the lower number indicating that less heat is allowed inside through the window. Visible Transmittance, which also has a range of zero to one, indicates the dimness of the room with higher numbers indicating a brighter room. Air Leakage must be 0.3 for most building codes and a lower number indicates an airtight window. Condensation Resistance ranges from 1 to 100 and indicates the amount of condensation a window may build up.

How to Read an Energy Efficient Label

Windows come with label approved by the National Fenestration Rating Council. Since the climates in different parts of the country vary, it is important to use the energy ratings on those labels before choosing windows. The labels appear in the upper left corner of a window and will also include the manufacturer, model, style and materials used in construction.

If you are looking for windows that are more efficient, whether as replacements or for new construction, contact us online or by phone today. Our experienced customer service representatives can help guide you to be sure you choose the windows that best meet your needs.

The Right Windows Can Make All The Difference

The Right Windows Can Make All The Difference

Windows are a very important part of your home; they give your home personality and allow your home to be filled with light and energy. However, they can also allow for your hard earned money to fly right out of them, if they are older and not energy efficient. Having the right windows installed into your home that are aesthetically pleasing, functional, and energy efficient will increase the curb appeal of your home and save you money in energy costs throughout the entire year.

The experts at Tri County Exteriors want to help you understand how windows can really help to save you money and increase the comfort of your home for you and your family.

Benefits of installing energy efficient windows into your home include:

  • Lowering both heating and cooling costs. New ENERGY STAR windows will prevent either cold or warm air from leaving your home, depending on the season. Less energy will be used to heat or cool the home.
  • Making your home more eco-friendly, with new ENERGY STAR windows will also reduce your carbon footprint by minimizing the amount of resources you use to heat and cool your home to a comfortable level.
  • Protection for the most important features of your home. This includes things like paintings and pictures hanging on your wall, your furniture, and flooring. ENERGY STAR windows have a special coating on them that prevent UV light from entering your home and over time damaging the items located within.
  • ENERGY STAR windows allow you to stay more comfortable within your home, no matter what the temperature is outside. The interior panel of ENERGY STAR windows stays warmer than other standard windows, keeping you and your home warmer during the winter. And during the summer they work to reduce the amount of heat allowed into your home, without stopping the light from getting into your home and brightening it up.

Along with being functional and cost saving to your wallet, adding new ENERGY STAR windows can add style and personality to your home. There are many different styles, colors, and types of windows to choose from! For more information on how replacing your home’s windows with the right ENERGY STAR rated windows will benefit you, your home, and your pocket book, contact the pros at Tri County Exteriors today!

Why Are My Windows Hard to Open & Close?

Why are my windows so hard to open

When windows are new, they glide open and closed with little effort, but over time, their operation can become more difficult–especially if they have not received proper upkeep and maintenance.

Many people never give their windows a second of thought until they are not working properly. Cleaning and lubrication of moving parts are a vital part of keeping your windows operating smoothly and easily most of the time. However, there are a handful of issues that can make your windows difficult to open, even with routine cleaning and maintenance.

In the sections below, we’ll discuss common issues that can make the most popular types of windows in use today difficult to open.

Single & Double Hung Windows

Single and double hung windows are most often difficult to open due to a buildup of dirt, dust, and debris over time. As the buildup worsens, friction increases, making the windows very difficult to open and close.

Since this is the most likely cause, start by cleaning the window frames and spray with a non-silicone, solvent-free lubricant. Open and close the window several times to work the lubricant in.

If the window is still difficult to open and close after doing this, your problem is likely associated with a spring that is too tight. Adjusting (or replacing if necessary) the spring should return the sash to its normal operation.

Awning & Casement Windows

Awning and casement windows have more points of failure than single and double hung windows, so the cause for these windows being hard to open and close can be a variety of things.

The best place to start is to remove the sash from your awning or casement windows. The method for doing this can vary depending on the window brand, so consult the instruction manual for your particular windows for more information on how to do this properly.

After you have successfully removed the sash, check for stripped or loose screws. If you find any, this is likely the cause of your problem.

If the problem continues after replacing stripped or loose screws, or if you do not have any, lubricate the hinges with a silicone or dry Teflon spray lube. Work the lubricant into the hinges by opening and closing the windows several times.

If you are still having issues after trying the two methods above, it is likely that you have a malfunctioning operator. Contact your window manufacturer for replacement parts or a local window repair company for repair services.

Sliding Windows

Sliding windows are simple windows, relying on rollers and a sliding track. They are the easiest type of windows to open and close–often requiring just a push of the finger. If they become difficult to open, the problem most likely lies with the roller system.

First, clean the roller system and track with a simple soap and water solution. In many cases, this will solve the problem, but if it does not, lubricating the rolling system should solve the problem.

If the problem continues, your rollers are bad. Contact your window manufacturer to buy replacement rollers or contact a local window repair company.

Staff Writer (2014 November) Why Are My Windows Hard to Open & Close? Retrieved on November 17, 2014 from Quality Windows and Doors

Stunning Quebec Contemporary

This stunning home in the Gatineau Hills district of greater Ottawa, Quebec, uses an array of Marvin contemporary products to achieve a beautiful balance between modern and natural. This home embraces its earthy surroundings while opening the door to a contemporary aesthetic. The facade of reclaimed wood on the upper level, white cement board lining the lower, and large expanses of floor to ceiling windows throughout are the perfect package for this chic forest home.

The unique and beautiful site, on a hill in the woods, called for a home that brings the natural surroundings indoors. The open ground floor, with its interconnected spaces and floor to ceiling windows, allows sunlight to flow through uninterrupted, showcasing the beauty of the natural light as it varies throughout the day and by season.

Marvin’s floor to ceiling windows invite the ever changing landscape of trees and mountains indoors. And from the exterior, the vertical windows lead the eye upward, loosely echoing the vertical lines of the surrounding trees.

The large windows and minimal frames allowed the architect to effectively frame unique views of the beautiful Gatineau hills without distracting from them. Further, the windows on the second floor, where the bedrooms are located, are tinted for added privacy. Marvin’s wide selection of window frame colours allowed the designer to further define this home’s contrasting exterior palette. White window frames were used for the ground floor and black for the second floor.

Marvin products used in this amazing home include the Bi-Fold Door, Sliding Patio Door, Tilt Turn and Hopper, Ultimate Awning and Ultimate Swinging French Door.

Staff Writer (June 2, 2014) Stunning Quebec Contemporary. Retrieved on June 3, 2014 from



Further Improve Your Home With Energy Efficient Windows

When most homeowners consider going green, it is typically appliances that will first come to mind. It is the possessions throughout one’s property that notoriously drain huge amounts of energy such as washers, dryers, and water heaters. What many may be surprised to hear is just how effective energy efficient windows have become in recent years. For those that are currently deciding if these new windows are right for their own home or would like to know the difference between styles, here is a closer look at this exciting new addition into the environmentally conscious field.

How Do They Work?

While there are countless designs for replacement windows, the energy efficient styles work in a much different fashion than traditional windows. Most energy efficient products come with two or more panes along with a treatment or coating on the inside. This design not only helps to decrease the draft throughout a home, but it also will block UV rays from entering into the inside of the structure.

Saving Money with Energy Efficient Products

As with all other energy efficient products, the primary purpose of these windows is to cut down on the electrical and gas consumption of a home. By adding a second layer to the window and blocking UV rays, the air conditioning and heating units of a home will have a much better chance at regulating the temperature. When replacing older windows, these newer options may also help to decrease air entering or escaping the house through cracks. Finally, the UV protection will cut down on sun damage to possessions inside of the home such as paint, flooring, and furniture.

Styles of Energy Efficient Windows

There are a number of styles and designs that homeowners will be able to choose from, much like traditional windows. Common replacement windows can range from bay designs to slider designs and come in a wide variety of colors and sizes. There are also three different forms of technology that can be used including extreme low E, ultra triple pane, and ultimate triple pane. Extreme low E is typically the most popular due to their cost-to-benefit ratio while ultra triple pane and ultimate triple pane block 10 percent and 17 percent more UV rays respectively.

Whatever style or design is chosen, homeowners will almost immediately begin to see the benefits of these energy efficient products with lower heating and cooling bills.

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Need Energy Efficient Windows?

New technology has been emerging over the past few years with newer innovations with energy efficient windows. Low energy windows typically come with either two or three window panes. The space in between the panes are filled with an argon gas used in the welding process. Argon gas is very popular in the manufacturing of multiple window panes because if how inexpensive it is. This allows the window to be more efficient in maintaining a constant atmosphere throughout the whole room. This is done with what is referred to as the U value or factor, which is responsible for the window’s resistance to heat flow.

There are many advantages to installing energy efficient windows:

The reduction of U.V. rays that can damage your carpet, walls, and furniture from the solar.

25% to 50% saving on energy costs from heat loss. It is estimated that a home owner can save up to $600 in one year on cooling and heating costs with replacing older less efficient windows.

There are a number of types of windows available:

• Single hung

• Double hung

• Picture

• Bay

• Awning

• Slider

• Casement

What to look for when choosing energy efficient windows:

• The lower the U-factor the better for homeowners in colder climates.

• Low Solar heat gain coefficient or SHGC reduces the heat in warmer climate.

Both SHGC and U-factors should be considered when the home is exposed to both hot and cold seasons.

Windows with an AL or air leakage rating of 0.03 or less is ideal for reducing the quantity of air that is lost during assembly of energy efficient windows.

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