Of course Energy Savings and Comfort are two very important criteria as you determine the best replacement window and patio door type and brand for your project. But how do you compare the ability of the different types, styles and prices of windows to deliver on that important objective? Vinyl clad wood windows, Metal windows, and Vinyl windows vary greatly in how they provide energy savings and comfort. In fact windows made of the same frame materials, like the vinyl windows we design and manufacture here at Jantek Windows can vary greatly in energy and comfort performance from those of other manufacturers. So how do you compare your options with regard to this important criteria? In this article I will give you a simple way to compare the insulation value of any window or patio door your are considering. All you need is one number and a calculator. Let’s get started.
Energy consumption affects the Philosophical, Financial, Physical and Social aspects of our lives. It is the end result of a balancing act, or a value equation that we use in considering the method, the cost, the quality, and the environmental impact of how we live.
by Frank Giuseppini
As you do your research on the product portion of your replacement window and patio door project, you have probably read or heard some window retailers state that the window and patio door products they are quoting utilize a “Warm Edge Spacer.” So why is that important? Well, let’s explore what warm edge spacers are, and the answer to that question will be clear.
"Wow!" you say, as you come to the realization that you have a lot of choices as to the style, brands and materials that you select for your replacement window project. As we covered in our article on The Cost of Replacement Windows and Patio Doors there are distinct differences in the cost of replacement windows and patio doors available to you. But, the cost is just one of the important considerations you should have. Another is the energy efficiency and comfort performance of the windows and patio doors. We at Jantek want you to understand why that is, and so here we go!
If you're going to purchase replacement windows and patio doors its very important that any window or patio door you consider be certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). There a two reasons why.