Minneapolis Homeowners: More Information About Replacing Your Windows – Part 2
Now that you have some idea from part 1 on what to expect when it comes to Minneapolis replacement windows, here is some additional information you might find helpful. By the way, if you haven’t read part 1, please click here to review that article first before proceeding with what follows.
More on Minneapolis Replacement Windows
Being prepared is always a good thing and we want to make sure that you have all of the information you need to make the right choice, so that you can have the right replacement windows installed your home.
Knowing More About Energy Efficiency
How efficient those windows are will mean a lot when you want to save money by putting new energy-efficient windows in a home. Knowing some of the lingo that is used to refer to the efficiency ratings is even better. Here are some of the words you should know when choosing which windows are the most efficient.
VT – Visible Transmittance – This is the amount of light the window lets into the home. The higher the VT, the more light comes in through the window, which affects how bright your room will be. Choosing high VT ratings is important for rooms that will get a lot of daytime use but won’t be as important for rooms such as bedrooms that are occupied mostly at night.
U-Factor – This is one of the most common words you will see when it comes to window ratings. This shows how well the window insulates and keeps the outside air where it belongs, while keeping your indoor air inside. The lower this number is, the better its insulating properties. (This is not to be confused with R-value, where the higher the number the better.)
AL – Air leakage of the window. This measures how much air is let into the home. Some air is fine for good flow and to ensure that the window works as it should. The lower the number, the less air comes into the home.
Condensation Resistance – The higher the number, up to 100, the less condensation the window will develop. You may want more or less depending on where you live and the specifics of the home.
Know what you want when it comes to choosing a window by evaluating the various items we’ve discussed. You should also know your budget, know the warranty that comes with the window, and who is going to be installing them. You need to make sure that you select the best windows home, and a lot of that depends on how those windows line up with your particular needs and wants.
If you have questions about replacement windows here in the Twin Cities, we’d love to help. Installation of replacement windows is just one of our many exterior home improvement services. We can direct you to the right windows for the needs that you have, while providing quality installation services for them, too.