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How Window Frame Materials Impact NJ & NY Energy Efficiency

How Window Frame Materials Impact NJ & NY Energy Efficiency

This week’s Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & New York Metro replacement window industry standards post is about window frame materials, and how it plays an integral role in your heating and cooling bills.

When New Jersey and New York homeowners start thinking about a home remodel that includes replacement windows, aesthetic features usually take center stage. Many choose a slider, casement or bow window based on how it will look installed in their home.

While your first thoughts may not be how a particular style improves natural ventilation or provides a superior seal against the elements, they should be. While comfort, convenience and appearance are important, it can hard to calculate an absolute value for these things. On the other hand, energy performance and utility costs are measurable. This means you can know you’re making a wise investment by doing some research and thoughtfully considering all construction elements that make up your new home windows before inking an installation contract. (more…)

Replacement Window Energy Efficiency Ratings in New Jersey & New York

Replacement Window Energy Efficiency Ratings in New Jersey & New York

Independent, third-party agencies closely monitor replacement window performance by evaluating how well a window unit performs in the harsh New Jersey and New York environment. These organizations examine how efficiently a frame material insulates, as well as considering the impact glass has on energy-efficiency and heat and light transfer. Some standards measure sound filtering capabilities and others allow consumers to compare the potential for moisture and air leakage. It can be a bit confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. While there are many industry benchmarks, this Renewal by Andersen post highlights the most common ratings New Jersey and metropolitan New York homeowners should consider when preparing for a home upgrade with custom-built replacement windows. (more…)

Renewal by Andersen Replacement Windows Improve Energy Efficiency in New Jersey & Metropolitan New York Homes

New Jersey New York Replacement Window EfficiencyWhile appearance is important to our Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & New York Metro replacement window and patio door customers, designing high-quality replacement windows and patio doors for superior energy-efficiency begins with individual components manufactured with a focus on construction materials and performance.

The overall energy efficiency of a window depends on every one of its components — from the glass choices you select to the framing material you choose during the design process. How well, or how poorly, a window is built also plays an integral role in how your replacement windows will perform in the hot summer months and cold winter weather we experience in New York and New Jersey. Design, manufacturing processes, materials and installation all impact performance.

To get the most from your investment, you need to carefully consider many factors, including the landscaping surrounding your home, how many hours of direct sunlight each window is exposed to and how you will use each window. Here are a few details about window components and how each one impacts the overall energy-efficiency of the replacement windows and patio doors in your home.

Choose Your New Jersey & New York Window Styles Wisely

New Jersey New York Replacement Windows StylesWindows manufactured with materials that help you maintain indoor temperatures reduce the burden on your heating and air conditioning system. When it is extremely cold or hot outside, your heating and cooling system has to work harder if your windows are not sealed properly. Superior window solutions effectively block air and moisture infiltration so your system doesn’t have to strain to keep your interior climate comfortable. Less strain means lower heating and cooling bills and less energy wasted. Fixed windows are the most energy-efficient window style on the market. Casement windows are the second highest rated for moisture and air control. In areas where you need ventilation, a combination of casement windows and fixed windows may give you the best opportunity to conserve energy. An in-home-consultation with a replacement window design consultant is the best way to determine which style combinations are best for the individual rooms in your home because lot orientation can have a positive or negative impact on actual performance and energy savings.

Framing Your Savings

Your replacement window and patio door frames need to be stable, strong and easy to maintain. Unlike vinyl or metal frames, Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro’s Fibrex frames are built to resist warping, sagging and bending. Superior insulating properties of patented Fibrex frames combined with ENERGY-STAR certified glass options that control heat and light transfer, give homeowners in our area maximum protection against wasting energy unnecessarily. Cutting edge manufacturing processes ensure homeowners get year-round savings on heating and cooling expenses.

New Jersey New York Replacement Window Glass & Frames

Choosing Glass for Your Environment

Choosing glass for optimum performance is one of the most effective ways to control energy consumption. Based on your individual needs, you can choose glass that is more efficient in the summer months or the winter months. Deciding which option is best for your New Jersey or metropolitan New York home involves considering your landscaping, lot orientation and overall condition of your home. Renewal by Andersen Low-E4 glass is specifically manufactured to control light transfer, block harmful UV rays and protect against solar heat gain. Excessive solar heat gain may lead to unnecessarily high air conditioning bills in the summer, but leveraging solar heat gain benefits during the winter months can help you reduce winter heating bills.

Many of our customers choose High-Performance SmartSun glass, which is the most energy efficient glazing option we offer. It is 45 percent more energy-efficient during cold winter months and 70 percent more efficient during hot, muggy summer months. Plus, it allows ample natural sunlight to bathe your interior spaces, while blocking 95 percent of harmful UV rays that may damage interior furnishings. If blocking UV rays is not a priority, you may choose other glazing options like our patterned glass which prevents people from seeing into your home from the outside or heat-treated glass that is four time stronger than standard glass panels.

New Jersey New York Replacement Window InstallationInstall Replacement Windows for High-Performance

Together, frames, trim, glazing and style all impact energy-efficiency. While we are very proud of our manufacturing processes and innovative materials, we realize that without proper installation, our replacement windows will not delivery maximum performance. We only use highly-trained installation technicians to install our home improvement solutions. We are so confident our technicians are equipped to make “perfect” installations we guarantee the installation (parts and labor) for a full two years after completion.

The Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & New York Metro Replacement Window Energy-Efficiency Formula

Improving energy-efficiency in your home means considering your home’s overall condition, the surrounding environment, how you use each room in your home and your existing heating and cooling system capabilities. Need some help figuring out how to maximize your investment and get the most benefit from replacement windows and patio doors as part of an energy conservation plan for your family? Give us a quick call to schedule an in-home inspection at 1-888-826-2451 or fill in the short form on this page.

 

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LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
Expert Energy Efficiency Measurement with Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey Tips and Guidelines

Expert Energy Efficiency Measurement with Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey Tips and Guidelines

One of the most valuable features of Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey windows is their high-energy performance. Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey windows are manufactured to perform optimally for many years – saving you money on both energy and replacement.

This week we thought those of you researching replacement window options might enjoy learning more about the features we build into our windows that improve energy efficiency and give you greater control over your energy consumption year-after-year.

Let us know if you have questions. Our professional window consultants are always happy to share information about our high performance glass and frame options for your New Jersey home.

Saving Money With Energy Star Certified Windows

EnergyStarPartner copyHomeowners can save up to 15% on utility costs by installing Energy Star certified windows. Even a modest home costs New Jersey residents about $200 a month in utility bills – that means you probably spend at least $2,400 a year in energy costs. Saving 15% would free up a minimum of $360 in the family budget.

While other companies don’t always post their energy efficiency ratings, we’re more than happy to publish ours. You can read more about our energy ratings and four other ways that our replacement windows save New Jersey homeowners money in our article titled 5 Types of Savings You Can Expect with Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey Replacement Windows.

Boosting Energy Savings with Replacement Patio Doors

Door window treatments in New JerseyAging, sticking, sagging patio doors cost homeowners more than they might think. If your doors stick and drag when you try to open and close them, they’re most likely allowing hot air to pour into your home and cool air to escape. During our hot humid summers, you need airtight windows and doors to keep the cool air inside and the hot air out.

Replacing inefficient doors is just as important as replacing windows. Our Renewal by Andersen patio doors are guaranteed to “banish the draft dodger” and give you years of dependable service – no tugging or pushing required. Learn more about our patio door styles and the myriad ways they help you create inviting indoor spaces while lowering your energy consumption with this article on replacement patio door styles.

Understanding Replacement Window Ratings and Industry Jargon

U_ValueRatings can be confusing. You have to understand various rating systems, acronyms and metrics in order to accurately compare replacement windows on the market. The formula for rating windows includes variables like framing material, glass type and insulating factors. A few months ago, we posted an article about the different measurements to help homeowners get a clearer picture of how organizations determine window performance.

Click on the following link to read the article that explains industry ratings and how Renewal by Andersen replacement windows compare to other window manufacturers .

New Jersey Replacement Window Vocabulary: U-Factor, SHGC, & More

Replacing Windows and Doors: Planning a Staged Installation

Sometimes the budget won’t allow for replacing all of your windows and doors at one time. Deciding which windows to replace first depends on your existing windows, your floor plan and your overall remodeling goals.

Replace NJ Doors or Windows FirstThere isn’t one answer for every home. Naturally, you’ll want to replace damaged or broken windows first – air and moisture flow through a hole easier than a small gap. In our post Should You Replace Your New Jersey Home’s Doors or Windows First? we discuss why replacing windows first is often more beneficial than replacing doors – provided you can replace all of them at one time. Since patio doors typically only affect the climate in one or two rooms and most homes have at least one window in every room, windows have the potential to reduce your utility bills more than replacing a couple of entrance doors.

Measuring Overall Savings

Cost Versus Value Scale Replacement Windows New JerseySaving money is near the top of the list for many New Jersey homeowners. Energy-efficient windows help you save money month after month. When you compare the cost of replacement windows against the value, you have to go beyond just looking at saving $360 a year on utility bills. There are many other considerations like aesthetics, comfort and your lifestyle. Measuring value is complex and personal.

One of the main reasons homeowners choose to upgrade their existing windows is climate control. But creating a more inviting curb appeal and controlling the natural light that comes into your home are also important. Savings comes in many forms, as we discussed in our post comparing the cost versus value of replacement windows that talks about measuring your return on investment.

Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey Replacement Window Specialist Have Answers to Your Questions

We hope this article gives you some insight into how energy-efficient replacement windows save you money and create a comfortable home. We know you might have more questions about replacing windows in your home. Just fill in the form on the page or give us a call at 1-888-826-2451 to schedule a free in-home inspection.

Breaking Down Energy-Efficiency Ratings for New Jersey & New York Replacement Windows & Patio Doors

New Jersey New York Replacement Windows RatingsRenewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro replacement window and patio door home improvement consultants always want you to have enough knowledge to make informed decisions about upgrading their homes. When you’re shopping for replacement windows and patio doors, you’ll want to compare energy performance labels to make sure you’re getting the most value from your investment.

Energy performance ratings tell consumers what to expect from their new replacement windows and patio doors. As you compare various window brands, keep in mind that different agencies use difference variables to rate window and patio door energy performance. For example, the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) uses many factors to rate the overall window performance, whereas ENERGY STAR certification only considers the heat gain/loss and U-factor.

Here’s a quick breakdown of what the numbers mean and why they are so important if you want to enhance energy-efficiency in your New York or New Jersey home by replacing your aging, outdated windows.

Sunlight Transfer and Replacement Window Performance

Measuring and rating sunlight transmittance involves checking both the amount of visible light that passes through the window glazing and the ability to control heat loss and heat gain effectively. There are two measurements you should ask about if you don’t see them on the NFRC label.

  1. Light-to-solar (LSG) – the ratio between the solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) and the visible transmittance (VT). The number tells you if the window effectively allows sufficient light to pass into your home without allowing an excessive amount of heat to come in with the light. Generally, the higher the number, the better the performance. This number isn’t always on the labeling, but your window consultant can tell you how different glass options perform. You may want to take advantage of solar heat gain during the winter or reduce the amount of visible light that passes through the glass. If so, mention to your window and door consultant when designing replacement windows for your home.
  2. Visible transmittance (VT) – the amount of natural light that passes through the window glass to your home’s interior. VT ranges from 0 to 1, with 1 representing the maximum level of sunlight. If you want to reduce the amount of visible light, sometimes considered “glare”, that comes into your home, you’ll want to look for a window with a lower VT rating. Factory applied coatings help control VT and UV ray transmission. Patterned glass typically has a lower VT rating too since the patterns are designed to prevent outsiders from looking in without blocking 100 percent of the natural sunlight.

Heat Transfer in Replacement Windows in New Jersey & New York

Direct conduction through frames, glazing and other window components can affect heat loss or gain from your windows. Air leaks through or around the window unit also impact energy-efficiency, so proper and precise installation is critical. Measuring how natural light (or light from other exterior sources) radiates inside or flows from the home interior to the outside provides the basis for the heat gain coefficient.

The U-factor rates the conduction level for non-solar heat transfer. This rating may consider only the glazing or include an overall measurement that includes spacer materials between multiple panes, fillers and frames.

The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient represents the amount of solar radiation that passes through (or is absorbed) by a window unit that ends up inside a home as heat. Lower SHGC numbers mean less heat is being transferred inside. High SHGC ratings mean the window unit effectively leverages heat gain during cold seasons. Low SHGC ratings mean more heat is blocked during warmer weather. Many things can impact performance, including the natural climate, landscaping that blocks direct sunlight and your home’s lot orientation that determines how many hours of direct sunlight each window or patio door receives.

In our moderate climate which doesn’t have prolonged periods of extreme weather, it is best to choose a glazing option based on the surrounding environment rather than trying to choose options based on seasonal changes. For this reason, homeowners may want to carefully design each window unit rather than trying to order a group of windows with the exact features. Fortunately, custom-built replacement windows make this possible. You can choose different styles, colors, glass options and accessories for every room if that helps you achieve your decorating vision and energy performance goals.

Air and Moisture Leaks reduce the overall performance and energy-efficiency in a window unit. Leaking allows conditioned air to escape from your home and lets moisture and outside air flow into your home, which means your heating and cooling equipment has to work harder to maintain a constant temperature. A higher rating means your replacement windows are weather-tight and effectively eliminate leaks that could reduce energy-efficiency.

Comparing Replacement Windows and Patio Door Performance with Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & New York Metro

Finding best-fit replacement windows and patio doors for your New Jersey or New York home isn’t like running to the store for a jug of milk. It takes some time to do your research. We’d love the opportunity to show you our full portfolio of home improvement products. Just fill in the short form on this page to request more information about our energy performance ratings or give us a call at 1-888-826-2451 and ask to speak to a replacement window consultant.

 

Download our Free Guide to New Jersey & New York Metro Replacement Windows

New Jersey New York Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

Click Here to Download Now!

LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!