How to Choose the Best Windows for Your HomeDecember 3, 2012
When it is time to replace the windows in your current home or to choose the windows that will be in your new home one of the first things you want to look at when you are out shopping is the label on the window.
Window labels hold a wealth of information such as the NFRC rating. NFRC stands for National Fenestration Rating Council which is a nonprofit organization that rates windows and other items for homes such as skylights and doors. It not only provides the rating but also provides a certification for windows that are energy efficient.
This label is what will help you when you are shopping around as it will provide you with the means by which you can compare windows to figure out which are the right options for you. While energy efficiency is a prime concern when replacing windows or purchasing windows for a new building, it is not the only consideration that should be taken when one is shopping for windows.
You want to look at other factors as well that include the material that is used to make the frame of the window, the style of the window frame and the type of glazing used on the window if any. All of these features will not only affect the level of energy efficiency the window has but will also affect the price of the window.
You have to of course bear in mind where the window will be placed as well as what you would like to achieve with the window before you start shopping around. For example if you are looking for a window to add sunlight to a room and are not looking for a window that will provide ventilation a good choice would be a fixed-pane window. Also if you want a window that will conduct less heat then a one with a wooden frame would be a better option than one with an aluminum frame. When looking for efficiency you can choose either an untreated triple pane window or a double pane window that has been treated or a window labeled as a low-e window.
You may find that you may need a different window for every slot in your home since there is no one window that is suitable for every application. Hence you must in order to find the right windows know exactly what your heating and cooling needs are.
Appearance of Windows
- Choose an appropriate shape and size for your space.
- Choose a style that will go well with the existing design of your home.
- Match materials used in the frame to your home.
- Take into consideration both the clarity and the color of the glass use in the window.
Functions Required of the Window
What will this window be doing and where will it be installed? Will it be for?
- Enabling more daylight into the room?
- Controlling glare in the room?
- Blocking out light to reduce fading in drapes and furniture in the room?
- Insulation and to help achieve optimal levels of thermal comfort?
- Preventing condensation?
- Improving ventilation?
- Blocking out sound?
Consider All Costs Associated with the Window
The initial price of the window is not the only thing you should consider but you also need to consider these other important price factors as well.
- How much will it cost you to install a particular type of window?
- How much will it cost you to maintain the window in the years to come?
- Does the window come with a warranty, will it cost extra?
- How long will you be able to have this window in before it needs to be replaced?
- Will a particular window necessitate the purchase of exterior window treatments such as awnings or interior window treatments such as blinds?
- How will a particular type of window affect your cooling, heating and energy costs in the long run?
- Will a particular window affect the resale value of your house in a positive way?