Shining light on 3 myths about replacement windows
Don't let your head spin, replacement windows, facts, figures, and myths
Shopping for replacement windows can turn into a sea of numbers. U values, R values, SHGC ratings — it’s enough to make your head spin! And you may also be wondering about all the advice you hear while shopping for replacement windows. Let’s look at the realities behind some of these common myths:
1. The U Factor matters most.
Maybe not — it depends on your climate. The U Factor tells you how well a window can keep warm air out and cool air in, or vice versa. But if you are in a warmer climate, you want a window that will alleviate the heat you get from the sun. The hotter the climate, the more the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGH) number matters.
2. New windows won’t have drafts.
That depends on the window. Keep in mind that there is a fourth factor — one that measures air-tightness — that manufacturers aren’t required to put on their windows. Look for windows that do feature this number, as it indicates that the manufacturer stands behind the product’s ability to keep drafts out of your home.
3. Anyone can install new windows.
Just as with any other home improvement project, windows need to be installed by a professional in order to provide the best value. Look for contractors who have several years of experience, good references, and all the licensing and insurance required for your area. Find a certified, licensed windows installer near you.*
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