There are still plenty of blazing hot summer days ahead of us on Long Island. While replacing your windows now will likely save you on your air conditioning bills, it’s also a great time to start thinking ahead to cooler weather and replacing your home’s windows before summer slowly transitions to fall. Modernizing your residence with Renewal by Andersen energy efficient replacement windows helps you keep the elements at bay, and can put a little money back in your wallet each month in the form of lower heating and cooling bills.
Before you start comparing replacement window and patio door brands, you’ll need to know about the individual components and how to gain the highest value from your new windows and doors.
#1. Understanding the Role of Insulated Glass
When you hear double-pane windows offer higher energy-efficiency performance because they are “gas-filled,” you may wonder why this matters. Most dual pane windows have air, Argon gas or Krypton gas between the panes. An inert gas like argon (which is also in incandescent lightbulbs, by the way) is preferred because it is denser than air and better at it enhancing thermal efficiency than plain air. In simple terms, the gas acts as an insulator by keeping cooled or heated air indoors where it belongs and making it harder for outdoor temperatures to impact indoor temperatures.
Some replacement window dealers in our area recommend Krypton gas because it is even denser than Argon. We don’t generally recommend Krypton gas (and not because we are Superman fans) on Long Island because it is usually more expensive and with our moderate weather, the additional savings on monthly bills is negligible compared to the higher up-front cost.
#2. Choosing the Right Low-E Glass Option for Every Room
Renewal by Andersen’s Low-E glass is manufactured with special coatings applied in the factory to enhance energy performance. Depending on which surface the coating covers, and the type of technology applied, glass can improve energy-efficiency during both colder or hotter months. These coatings also help homeowners control indoor light levels and block harmful UV rays that may weaken or damage furniture and artwork.
#3. Accessorizing For Comfort & Beauty
While some people worry that upgrading accessories will dramatically increase replacement window prices, accessories allow you to create windows that complement your design sense and lifestyle and add features that enhance the overall aesthetic in your home.
A quick look at TruScene insect screens provides an example. Standard insect screens do an adequate job of keeping most bugs outdoors when you open the window to capture a gentle breeze or air-out your home. But with micro-fine fabric, TruScene insect screens block even the tiniest no-see-ums, and most pollen, dust and airborne debris that may trigger allergy attacks. And, the fabric is virtually invisible, so it won’t cloud your view through the window or create a visual distraction that diminishes your otherwise stunning curb appeal.
#4. Finalizing the Job with Expert Installation
An expert window installation ensures the innovative design and manufacturing processes that go into building a high-performance replacement window are protected. An improper installation may void your warranty, lead to thousands of dollars of water damage and even mean you have to replace your replacement windows in a few years, instead of enjoying a maintenance-free lifestyle for as long as you live in your home. Always look for a replacement window dealer who provides certified technicians to complete the installation – and, who also offers warranty coverage against any installation errors or manufacturing defects that may come up.
Learn More About Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows & Patio Doors
Now that you know the basics, you might be ready to learn more about designing beautiful, high-performance replacement windows for your Long Island home. It’s easy to get started. Just fill in the short form on this page or dial 1-877-313-9052 to schedule a private, in-home consultation today.
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- 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!
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