Replacement Windows Orange County NY
In addition to reducing your energy bill, new windows can make your home more comfortable, quiet, and attractive. Replacement home windows have become more energy efficient in recent years, and finding energy-efficient windows has become easier, as insulating features such as heat-reflecting low-E coatings and argon gas between panes have become more standard.
Manufacturers mark their replacement windows with a U-factor, a measure of a window’s ability to conduct heat. The U-factor is the reverse of the R-value, which is a measure of insulating ability. The lower the U-factor or the higher the R-value, the better a window can keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter.
To some extent, every home, regardless of age or location, needs to “breathe.” You may feel some air coming into your home around windows. This is air infiltration, and it is the result of air pressure differences between the inside and outside of the home.
AAMA (American Architectural Manufacturer’s Association) has set the industry standards for maximum allowable air infiltration at .30 CFM (Cubic feet per minute) during a 25 MPH wind. This is equal to 2.25 Gallons of air leaking through the window every minute.
Why Do Some Windows Leak Air More Than Others?
All windows, no matter what material used, have some level of air infiltration. However, certain windows prevent air infiltration better than others. The windows Northern Windows, Siding, Roofing and Insulation installs are designed and constructed to prevents air leakage, keeping your home comfortable and draft-free. Poorly designed windows lack the built-in air locks, weather stripping, and barriers necessary to prevent air infiltration. Without these window features, air pushes between the sash and other areas of the window.
We know how uncomfortable a home with drafty windows is. So we install vinyl windows with weather barriers that go far beyond the industry standards for minimizing air infiltration.
What’s in the Label?
The NFRC’s Energy Performance Rating Label have been designed by the NFRC to provide consumers with accurate energy performance ratings for all window and door products. The testing requirements are all determined by the NFRC. Testing must be performed by certified labs and the results are validated by independent agencies.
The R-value of the very best windows is about 2 or 3, equivalent to that of an uninsulated wall. The solar heat gain coefficient is shown as a fraction and indicates how much of the sunlight that hits a window makes it inside as heat. For cold climates, look for the highest SHGC number you can find. Visible transmittance measures how much visible light a window lets in. The higher the VT, the better.
For a free in-home estimate on replacement windows for your home or business, call on us at (845) 294-4444 or email us here.
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