Once your replacement windows have been installed, you want to know that they are doing their job. But how do you measure their efficiency? Luckily there are several ways to get a clearer idea of how much money and energy they are saving you. As summer starts drawing to a close and fall is on the way, there is no better time to get new windows.
R-Value and U-Factor
The first two measurement values are often mentioned in the same breath. These measurements look at heat flow and how well different materials do. When you get replacement windows, you will want to be sure that they have excellent R-Value and U-Factor scores. R-Value measures resistance to heat flow, although this typically only applies to the frame and the center of the glass.
U-Factor, on the other hand, has to do with heat conduction. A lower number is better because it means there is more insulation present. Glass, frames, and spacers are tested to see how much overall energy efficiency they possess. Although the scale for U-Factor scores only runs from zero to one, a lower number is still better.
Solar Heat Gain Coefficient
The next value that you have to take into account is the solar heat gain coefficient or SHGC. Can your windows block heat from the sun? This question is a critical one to answer during the blazing heat of summer. But once it gets cold outside, you want to invite in as much heat as you can. This scale also goes from zero to one. Higher coefficients let in more heat and sunlight. Lower factors deflect more heat in the summertime. If you run the air conditioning to balance out all the heat coming into your home, then you will want replacement windows and new doors that can help you ensure that more cool air stays inside your home and doesn’t escape.
Preventing Air Leakage
Finally, make sure your windows are inspected for air leakage. High-quality replacement windows will be engineered to minimize this problem. The rating for this issue is based on the cubic-feet-per-minute (CFM) measurement. If there are any cracks, then air leakage is more likely. However, you still want some air leakage to allow more ventilation.
Home Improvement by Capital Remodeling
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