Replacement Windows Effect on your Home
A properly installed vinyl replacement window can actually maintain the temperature in your Michigan home with less work, whether it’s the dead of winter or mid summer. You can generate a nice return on investment by lowering the amount of energy you use to heat and cool your Lansing house and at the same time, new replacement windows will keep the cold air inside in the summer and the warm air inside in the winter. You will end up saving money on your overall energy bill and at the same time improve the overall value of your Lansing home.
If you own a home and have windows over 10-15 years old, you might want to think about replacing these windows with a newer vinyl window, which will result in better energy efficiency for your home.
Unfortunately, there are a number of different replacement window manufacturers and installation companies that offer varying styles, quality and prices. Because of these reasons, you should use an experienced and well-respected company, like Lansing window company, JR Neely Home Improvements. JR Neely has replaced thousands of windows in Michigan and ensures you get the best product and price for your needs.
Things to consider when choosing windows:
Type and shape of window - Double hung and casement windows are the most popular options today although there are other choices available including single-hung, awning, slide-by, bay and bow windows.
Window Frame - The most popular choice today is vinyl since it is less expensive than other types, will not warp and requires little maintenance. Other options include wood or aluminum.
Glass Choice - In the past single paned windows were used but now there are windows manufactured with two or three panes of insulated glass. These dual and triple pane windows contain an inert gas between the panes which acts as an extra barrier providing a more energy efficient option.
Energy Conservation - Low-e coating-Many replacement windows come with low-E (low emissivity) coatings. If you live in a warm climate, your low-E coating can work to reduce the amount of heat transferred to your home. In a predominately cold climate, the low-E coating can maximize the heat your home absorbs. In addition, low-E coatings protect your interior furnishings from fading by blocking ultraviolet radiation. Although low-E coatings can increase the price of replacement windows by 10 to 15%, they can cut energy expenditures by as much as 25%.
The R Value - R value measures how much heat or cold can transfer through a particular part of the window. It ranges from 1 to 99, with higher numbers being the best insulators.
The U Factor - The U factor measures the window's overall insulation ability. Unlike the R value, you want a low U factor for your replacement window. On the scale of .01 to .99, the lower number the better.
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