Contrary to what you see in television and print media ads, reducing your energy bills is not the reason why you should opt for door replacements. This is because it could take several years to recoup the investments of $10,000 to $30,000 you make on replacement doors. Energy star doors can reduce your energy bills by 15 percent. This means that you will save only about $50 to $100 a year for 1,800-square foot. So it does not make economic sense to invest such a huge amount just to replace those doors and windows.
New doors and windows can make your home more attractive, quieter, less drafty, and you don’t have to get them painted. They are also easier to clean and come with screens and storm protectors, so they are environment friendly too.
Replacing the doors and windows is not an easy decision to take, as you have to consider several factors. Here are some few things you need to know:
High Price Does Not Indicate Better Performance
Among the doors and windows we tested, there was $760 popular wood window that was not good in keeping out rain and cold air. On the other hand, there was a $450 and $260 window that were very good in keeping out rain and cold air. So, don’t buy a product just because it is expensive. Make sure you check the material used and the performance of the window before making a purchase.
Match The Doors And Windows To Climate
The doors and windows you select must suit the climate of the area you live in. For instance, if you live in an area that is prone to hurricanes, you should select impact resistant doors and windows. These storm windows and doors protect your home from strong winds and projectiles. Impact doors and windows also help in reducing monthly electric bills by preventing heat from escaping during winters. During summers, they prevent hot air from entering the house, which reduces cooling expenses. These hurricane doors and windows are extremely strong, which prevents intruders from entering your home.
Don’t Overspend On Upgrades
Some upgrades can increase the base price of doors and windows by over 50 percent. When buying a new window, you must focus on features that are not expensive and add value to your home. Opting for low-e coating is a good option, as it improves efficiency. However, triple glazing is required only if you live in an area that is subjected to extreme temperatures.
Anatomy Of A Window
When buying a window, it is important to know its anatomy. Here is what you should know:
If provides the structure for the door and window.
This protects the exteriors of your wooden and composite windows. The cladding is usually made of fiberglass, vinyl, or aluminum and it eliminates the need of painting.
This is the moving part of your window and it can be easily tiled for cleaning.
There is a sealed space between the panes of double-glazed glass that is insulated and filled with gas. Most window manufacturers use argon gas to fill this space. Using argon gas to fill the space between the panes helps in energy saving, but it does not justify the high price you pay for it.
This transparent coating helps in improving the efficiency of your glass by reflecting heat. The coating is usually applied on the exteriors in warmer climates to prevent heat rays from making your house warmer. In colder areas they are applied to keep the heat in.
This add-on needs no introduction, as it is a common feature in most modern homes. These grilles are available in different designs, styles, and colors to suit the decor of your home.
Know these Numbers
Households must know the labels given by the National Fenestration Rating Council.
U-value or U-factor
This will usually start from 0.20 and can go up to 1.20. The windows which have a low U-factor are better equipped to prevent heat from escaping your home.
Heat Gain Co-efficient
This co-efficient must be between 0 and 1. The lower the co-efficient, the better the window is in blocking outside heat. In warm climates, low heat gain co-efficient is used, while in colder temperatures, a higher number is better.
The visible transmittance is the amount of visible light a window lets in and it is usually between 0 and 1. As the visible transmittance increases, so does the amount of light that enters your room.
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