Article Presents Overview of High Performance Window Options

    (Provided by ABC Glass & Mirror, Inc. - Tuesday, March 24, 2015)


High performance windows are hot items for homeowners today. However, some find themselves unsure about what makes a window “high performance” and about whether these upgraded windows are right for their circumstances. A concise article at https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=new_homes_features.hm_f_advanced_windows provides key facts about these modern windows and what makes them different from the windows of old. The piece focuses in on three areas of interest – “window materials,” “framing materials,” and “air tightness.” The succinct overview it provides lets a homeowner easily inform himself or herself about high performance window features and what to look for when shopping for new windows.

The article notes that the type of glass used is one thing that sets high-performance windows apart. These energy-friendly products are characterized by glass with low-e coatings. They also differ from windows of the past in that they feature “double glazing” instead of single pane construction. To make sure you are getting a product with these high performance extras, the author recommends that you “look for ENERGY STAR or National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) labels.” By knowing what to watch for and reading labels carefully, you can ensure that the windows you purchase have the characteristics you desire.
Also of interest is the material used for the framing of high performance window. The author notes that, “Low conductance materials, such as wood, vinyl, and fiberglass perform better than aluminum.” The value of insulated frames over their non-insulated counterparts is also noted. Clearly, both the panes and the frames affect the performance of the windows. Another key factor addressed in the piece is “air tightness,” which refers to the use of appropriate sealants around the frame and in any voids. Finally, the article concludes with a helpful list of the pluses offered by high performance windows – 
The fact that you won’t be bothered as much by noise from outside the home.
Capability of low-e coatings to protect home furnishing from being faded by sunlight.
Lowering of heating and cooling costs.
“Better quality materials,” convenience, and warranties.

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