How To Dress Your Long Island Replacement Windows for the Holidays

How To Dress Your Long Island Replacement Windows for the Holidays

Let’s face it, sometimes updating window treatments can be expensive. If you want something different for the holiday season, but you don’t want to spend a small fortune, we’ve got good news for you. The Renewal by Andersen replacement window team put these simple, affordable decorating tips together to help you create beautiful, festive focal points you and your guests will enjoy, and they are all easy on the wallet, too. (more…)

Improving Thermal Performance in Long Island Home Windows

Improving Thermal Performance in Long Island Home Windows

Colder weather is here. The warm summer days and trips to the beach are behind us here on Long Island until spring arrives again in a few months. Long Island residents who have single-pane windows in their homes are losing hard-earned money every day because outdated windows are not as weather-tight or energy-efficient as modern, double-pane options. If you haven’t already ordered your Renewal by Andersen replacement windows and patio doors, there is still time to get them designed, built and installed before the really harsh winter weather settles. However, there are a few things that homeowners can do to temporarily improve performance of those old fixtures until you get your new windows. (more…)

5 Tips to Dress Up Your Long Island Home’s Windows’ Exterior This Weekend

5 Tips to Dress Up Your Long Island Home’s Windows’ Exterior This Weekend

Autumn is here. But that doesn’t mean you have to pack up your window boxes and resign yourself to a bland, uninteresting exterior. Renewal by Andersen of Long Island is passionate about keeping windows looking great—both inside and out! This post will help homeowners who recently upgraded their home windows to dress things up or fall.

Here are some of our favorite tips & tricks for overhauling the look of your replacement windows in a hurry. (more…)

Tips to Help You Evaluate Replacement Window Reviews & Ratings Online

Tips to Help You Evaluate Replacement Window Reviews & Ratings Online

]If you’re like most people living on Long Island in our always-on digital age, you probably check your social media channels before you buy new shoes, electronics or baby gear. According to BrightLocal, a search marketing agency, 88% of consumers trust online reviews as much as they trust recommendations from friends and family. While your Renewal by Andersen of Long Island team understands how important it is to do your research before investing in replacement windows and patio doors, we want our Long Island customers to be able to differentiate between the legitimate reviews and those posted by unscrupulous competitors trying to undermine the credibility of other dealers in the market. (more…)

Check Your Replacement Window Knowledge with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island

Long Island Replacement Window RatingsWhen you’re ready to replace the existing windows in your Long Island home, you’ll want to learn everything you can about replacement windows before you finalize the deal. At Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, we understand how important it is for our customers to be fully-informed before they invest their hard-earned money.

So, here are a few facts to help you start the journey toward a more beautiful, functional home.

Deciphering Replacement Window Labels

You can learn a great deal about your new windows just by reading the label. In the same way that packaged food labels provide valuable information about the contents – calories, carbs, protein, sodium content – and how eating the food will affect your body, a replacement window label tells you how the window will impact the overall energy-efficiency in your home.

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) provides consumers with information about a window unit’s energy-efficiency and functionality. The label reveals how effectively the unit controls air leaks, visible light transmission and solar heat gain. If you visit the NFRC website you’ll learn the differences between U-factor and R-factor ratings and how each component from the framing material and glass options to weather stripping and design influence ratings. Your professional replacement window consultant can give you more information or you can read this article we published earlier.

Understanding How Extra Glass Panels Enhance Window Energy-Efficiency 

There are some unscrupulous window dealers in our area that will tell you that more window panes per window means you’ll save more money. While it is true that double-pane windows dramatically improve energy-efficiency compared to older, single-pane styles, installing triple-pane windows in our area won’t significantly reduce your heating and cooling bills enough to make back the extra investment because triple-pane window units are usually much more expensive than double-pane options. That third panel is more beneficial for people living in areas that experience prolonged periods of sub-zero temperatures or routinely have many consecutive days where the high temp exceeds 100 degrees.

It’s much more important for Long Island residents to make sure their replacement windows have Energy-Star certified Low-E glass options, Fibrex composite frames and inert gas between the panes than add a third panel.

Modern Replacement Windows Make Storm Windows Unnecessary

Warm weather is here and you may have already gone through the arduous task of removing and storing your storm windows. In a few months, you’ll have to drag them out and manhandle them into place again. High-quality replacement windows and patio doors eliminate the need for storm windows. Your new home windows are designed to block air and moisture leaks throughout the seasons without any additional help. You’ll probably still want to install insect screens so you won’t have to worry about flying gnats and no-see-ums coming in whenever you want to enjoy an evening breeze or air out the house. Plus, with tilt-in and lift out design features, cleaning your windows is so easy you won’t dread window washing day.

Worry-free Window Installation Always Comes with a Warranty

Precision matters when it comes to getting the most out of your new home windows. Because replacement windows are manufactured to exactly fit the opening left when we remove your current windows, some people think they might be able to save a little money by shopping around for a contractor to install their windows. In reality, this is usually an unwise decision, even if you could find a “cheap contractor” or do it yourself. Even a fraction of an inch can result in a window being out of square or unlevel which can lead to problems with your window’s operation and long-term durability. Failing to properly install flashing or drip caps can literally ruin your windows. And, you have to make sure to choose the proper insulation to boost energy-efficiency and prevent air and moisture leaks. Missing any one of the dozens of installation steps can void your manufacturer’s window warranty.

At Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, we never leave such an important process to someone we can’t trust completely. We carefully train our professional installers and back the installation with a full two-year warranty. This means parts and labor are covered against manufacturing defects so if anything goes wrong or an issue develops you just need to call us and we’ll make it right.

Still Have More Replacement Window Questions for the Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Professionals?

This article just covers the basics. If you have more questions about comparing replacement windows and patio doors for your Long Island home, call 1-877-313-9052 for a free window design consultation. If you’d prefer, just fill in the short form on this page and let us know a convenient time to call you back to schedule an in-home consultation so we can measure your windows and give you a no-obligation price quote for updating your home.

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LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!

Why Do I Have Condensation On My New Long Island Replacement Windows?

long-island-replacement-windows-condensationAll energy efficiency experts recommend that homeowners on Long Island replace windows that leak air and moisture to improve indoor comfort and take better control of the cost of heating and air conditioning of your home. A sure sign windows are ready to be retired is the appearance of heavy condensation that results in pools of water on the sills and damage to wood components. During very cold snaps (which we haven’t had much of this year) this moisture can even freeze inside your home.

Some homeowners with brand new replacement windows sometimes “panic” when they notice minor condensation appear during the first real cold snap after installing high-quality replacement windows. It is rare, but this can happen. Your new windows aren’t usually to blame.
Here’s what you need to know about why this may happened and how to prevent problems in the future.

Indoor Condensation on Your New Replacement Windows
When the window surface temperature drops below the dew point for air in proximity to windows, ice and condensation may form. In a house without excessive indoor moisture, insulated windows normally prevent this occurrence by keeping the inside pane of glass warmer than the outside pane. However, if you have excessive moisture in your home, even slight differences in temperature can cause condensation. In order to prevent this from happening, or to correct the problem, you must raise the temperature of window surfaces, or reduce humidity in the room. High humidity indoors combined with low outside temperatures can cause even energy-efficient double-paned windows to develop condensation.

Correct Relative Humidity to Control Condensation
In most cases, lowering the relative humidity indoors to 40 percent (or less) will correct these problems when they develop on high-quality double-glazed windows. There are several ways to reduce indoor humidity levels. Here are a two things to remember.

  • Heavy drapes block heated indoor air from reaching indoor window surfaces. The means the glass temperature drops, creating an environment conducive to condensation forming.
  • Significantly lowering the thermostat at nighttime for a cooler sleeping temperature tends to elevate indoor humidity levels. Condensation should vanish naturally as the temperature rises after the sun comes up.

Check Your Furnace
Improvements in construction technology and methods means that today’s homes are being built more air-tight than ever before. This is a great thing for making the most of your heating and cooling bills as well as your comfort level, however, in the past, most homes had some air gaps that allowed fresh, dry air in and moist air out during the winter, lowering indoor condensation levels. Now that we’re building tighter houses, there’s not as much air exchange taking place. In fact, in the most energy efficient houses, they have to take into account this air-tightness and provide for a way to get fresh air into the home and stale air out without compromising the energy efficiency that was built in. This is usually accomplished through some kind of heat exchanger or heat recovery ventilator.

This is not usually an issue in most homes on Long Island, however, even replacing your windows may have removed some of those air gaps, revealing an indoor moisture issue you never knew you had. Sometimes installing a new furnace makes heating your home more efficient, but may cause new problems. Older units drew outside air inside to enable combustion and sent a stream of air out of the home (typically via the chimney or vent pipe) during operation. This design served two purposes: heat and ventilation. Newer systems may not provide adequate ventilation, which will naturally increase humidity levels.

A few potential other causes of high indoor humidity:

  • Improperly exhausted clothes dryers
  • Excessive plants
  • Cooking without an exhaust fan
  • Hot showers without an adequate exhaust fan
  • Faulty or partially blocked chimneys
  • Other leaks in plumbing, roofing or basements

These issues need to be addressed for your health and safety, but for minor humidity issues, here are a few tips that may help to lower the indoor humidity and reduce or eliminate condensation on your windows.

  • Open a window slightly to improve ventilation while running the furnace.
  • Install a dehumidifier, but keep in mind most dehumidifiers won’t reduce relative humidity to less than 50%.
  • Run a kitchen or bathroom exhaust fan several hours, or until the condensation problems disappear.
  • Check gas appliances to ensure they are properly vented to draft air outdoors.
  • Turn up the thermostat to increase indoor air temperature.

You may want to discuss condensation problems with your HVAC technician. The problem may be easily corrected without running exhaust fans to enhance air circulation, if your system is not working properly.

First Steps to Remediate Problems
Designing Replacement Windows to Control Condensation
Modern technology and construction techniques dramatically reduce ice, fog, and steam formation; however high levels of indoor relative humidity and inadequate ventilation may cause minor issues, even when you purchase high-performance, high-quality replacement windows designed and built to maximize energy-efficiency and reduce condensation.

Installing custom-built, double-paned replacement windows with Fibrex components guaranteed not to rot, mildew or degrade in the harshest weather we see on Long Island helps minimize or eliminate major condensation problems, however, you must control temperature and moisture inside your home to totally banish foggy windows.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows Consultants Can Help You Find Solutions

If you have recently upgraded with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island and notice steamy windows, give us a call and allow us to check things out for you to see if we can help you determine whether this is a “normal,” temporary situation related to the weather or you need to make other adjustments in your heating and ventilation patterns this winter. If you’re thinking about replacing single-pane windows that a continuously fogged up and sweating, give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule an in-home consultation today. You can also fill in the short form on this page to request a brochure or call back at your convenience.

 

Download our Free Guide to Long Island Replacement Windows

Long Island Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

Click Here to Download Now!

LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!