Are Your Atlanta Replacement Windows Drafty
In an earlier post, we started to look at four myths concerning Atlanta replacement windows. We went over the comparative significance of two window performance factors, the SHGC (otherwise referred to as the Solar-Heat-Gain-Coefficient) and the U Factor. As we previously talked about, in accordance with energy star ratings for Atlanta’s weather, the top replacement window options for your house will need a U Factor of less than .30 and a Solar-Heat-Gain-Coefficient of less than .25 to give you the proper summer and winter defense.
In this post, we will tell you about one of the most possibly financially detrimental myths concerning Atlanta replacement windows…
Myth # 2: If I purchase ANY kind of new Atlanta replacement windows, my issues with air leaking into and out of my home from the windows will end.
As we previously stated, such as myth could be very expensive, and frequently one of the chief reasons why purchasers end up feeling like the money they work so hard for was wasted. That brings us back to Atlanta replacement windows, and a way of thinking that tells us that any kind of window is better than no window at all. While that might be accurate to a point, when all is said and done and it comes to drafty windows, what is better is a comparative term. It all starts with a comprehension of the entire theory. If you were to ask the majority of homeowners, and, sadly, the majority of window engineers and their dealer agents why brand new windows develop drafts, they probably would say to you, “If you purchase just any replacement window, and you install it adequately, the new window ought to be airtight.” Regrettably, that declaration is definitely a myth.
The Dirty Little Secret About Atlanta Replacement Windows
One of the long held secrets about replacement windows and that industry is the virtual non-drafty new home windows theory. If you were to thumb through nearly every window manufacturer’s advertising information, you would probably locate references to some type of feature (such as inter-locking window sashes or weather stripping pieces), which help make any kind of window airtight. The actual evidence, however, lies within a factor that is usually absent on the window stickers, regarding U Factors and SHGC that we mentioned in an earlier post. If you were to perform a bit of research, on the NFRC site, for example, you would see that the ratings for air leaking windows (the fourth factor) is completely left to the producer’s discretion as to whether to publish it or not. As you will notice while researching, the NFRC site will list digits like .1, .2 and/or .3 on window stickers (as mentioned previously, lower numbers are best), if a window manufacturer elects to list the number. The vast majority of engineers producing windows do not opt to list that factor, which continuously poses questions, ones like, “Why would manufacturers choose not to list numbers regarding window airtightness?”
A comprehension of these details will help you a lot in the end and will assist you with cutting through all the confusion and sales pitches. Let us use the following correlation…if the tire on your automobile developed three holes but you only plugged two of them, what would be the outcome? You are correct! You would still get a FLAT TIRE! I could have the finest window framing and glass; however, if my brand new Atlanta replacement windows are not completely airtight, what type of windows do I actually end up with, especially when it comes to the money I spent on them? It is important to ask your window merchant to show you the sticker. Be sure to look for a sticker number no larger than .1, if the manufacturer publishes the number.
In our next post, we will talk about the next myth “having Atlanta replacement windows work done necessitates vast home renovations.”