One of the main reasons homeowners begin the replacement window process is due to ‘draftiness’ in their existing windows. Drafty windows have many downfalls.
- You energy bills are extremely high (relatively speaking) for what it costs to heat and cool your home.
- When the weather is extremely hot or cold you are more then likely experiencing discomfort around your windows.
- You windows are not ‘tight’, meaning further problems could occur (i.e. water infiltration, less security, etc.)
The day will come when you stop talking about replacing your existing windows and you will start to take action. You will begin the education process and entertain the idea of obtain estimates. At that point many questions will start to arise:
- What makes a good window?
- What window is right my home?
- What window is going to solve my current problems?
- What’s a U-value? What is a ‘good’ U-value?
- What is a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)? Is it important?
- What is a ‘good’ condensation resistance rating?
- Who is testing all of these ratings? How can I know I can trust the information?
And the list goes on…
One of the biggest ratings homeowners neglected to ask their replacement window representative is, “What is the air infiltration rating of the window?”
The fact of the matter is thousands of homeowners each year replace their current windows with “new” windows that leak just as much. In the end they are not happy because their problem is not solved. By asking two simple questions you will know what windows ‘leak’ the least. Everything with moving parts leaks to a degree. When replacing your existing windows with ‘new’ more energy efficient windows, you want the window that leaks the least. Here are the two questions to ask;
- “What is the air infiltration rating of your window?”
- “Is that rating supported by the AAMA?”
If, the window’s air infiltration rating is supported by the AAMA (a independent governmental testing lab) you know the information you are getting is accurate and that the windows being installed in your home will match the information you told.
Being armed with the right questions is the best way to get accurate information.
Marketing Department Head
Builders & Remodelers, Inc.