Awning Windows are Appropriate or Searching for Other Options?
Energy efficiency is one of the most important considerations in planning a window replacement project. Though, most of the homeowners do not know the difference between having energy efficient windows and others. Total Home Windows and Doors has looked into this fact and gathered some details in order to choose the best pieces.
To begin with, know basic facts about the available window styles because not every style could work with the property and may not yield results as expected. Homeowners should have to choose the right glass options that can offer moderate energy efficiency. Traditionally, there are three styles to consider among which, fixed-pane windows top the list. Although the windows do not open and have tight sealing around the edges, there is no chance for air to penetrate. Fixed windows are quite easy to clean and provided with double or triple panes that increase energy efficiency and insulation.
Next type is casement windows that features hinges at one side, like a door. Normally, they open with a crank and open outward. They are ideal for difficult-to-reach areas like countertops and over sinks and even tend to be the best for new constructions.
Awning windows come at third place with lots of similarities with the casement windows. However, there is one special feature that creates a difference- awning windows are provided with hinges at the top and project outward. They have in-built weather-tight feature that offers impenetrable seal to prevent outside weather elements.
Another technique of increasing energy efficiency is reading the NFRC labels, which is the National Fenestration Rating Council that helps to determine the energy performance of the windows. This rating includes measurements for condensation resistance, gain from solar heat and air leakage. The first consideration is the U-value that is particularly important for the winter season. The SHGC (Solar Heat Gain Coefficient) label measures how much unwanted heat is blocked by the components. Also, the Visible Transmittance (VT) rating helps in measuring the amount of light passing through the windows. Keep in mind, higher number promises efficient transfer of light. The AL (Air Leakage) rating shows how much air is getting into the window. Go for the lowest number to keep internal environment comfortable, meaning that it should keep the most air out. Last but not the least, the Condensation Resistance (CR) rating should be considered to determine the resistance of windows against condensation.
So, what to do now? Whether it’s about having awning windows, casements or any other window style, homeowners are recommended to consult with the experts because they have more knowledge and market exposure to suggest the best window type.