Selecting Window Replacement For Your Old Windows
Replacing the windows in your home can actually help to add value to your property. There are a variety of styles, materials and frames of windows for replacement when you are shopping. Take your time looking for new windows so you can thoroughly compare your options and find the windows that suit your style and budget. Measure your old windows and look for replacements that will fit without difficulty. Look for windows that complement the current style of your home. Consider factors such as the color, size and design of your house. Look for window that sports the National Fenestration Rating Council, NFRC, stickers. NFRC is a third-party company that strives to uniformly label windows and other products with accurate information regarding energy efficiency. Energy Star products must have NFRC stickers.
Read the energy efficiency ratings on the window to determine how much heat is lost or gained through the windows. According to the NFRC, the two most important ratings are the U-factor, the rate of heat loss from you home to the outdoors, and the solar heat gain coefficient, the rate of heat gain from the outdoors into your home. If you are in a cold climate, choose a low U-factor and in a warmer climate choose a low SHGC. Evaluate the value of gas fills between the window panes for your budget and your area. A gas, such as Argon, keeps the temperature inside the home stable regardless of the outside temperature.