When you live in Normandy Park, your home’s performance, weatherproof abilities, and energy efficiency are especially important. Normandy Park earthquake activity alone is 149% greater than the overall U.S. average, and being a waterfront city, Normandy Park is also prone to storms, floods, and heavy wind and rain. It goes without saying that you understand the importance of weatherizing your home by closing gaps with caulking, weather stripping, or repairing broken windows. Sometimes, though, all the little things we do to repair and protect our homes aren’t enough to keep the bad weather out and the nice temperatures in. This is where we begin to lose money, literally right out our windows. The bright side is that you can prevent this by installing vinyl replacement windows and doors in your home.
High-performance vinyl replacement windows and doors will not only provide your Normandy Park home a break from skyrocketing utility bills but will reduce your heavy use of your home’s heating and cooling unit. You will be able to install smaller systems, which cost considerably less.
Vinyl replacement windows and doors reduce your Normandy Park home’s energy costs
Beyond reducing your utility bills, windows with the latest glazing technologies will make your house more comfortable as well. During the cold and wet weather, outside temperatures bring the temperature of the interior glass surfaces down way below the room’s air temperature. If your windows have poor insulation, you will notice them becoming cold; making the whole room chilly, even if the inside temperature is warm. When this happens, you may find yourself turning up the heat to compensate for the cold windows, and in turn, when summer comes, you will turn up the A/C to make up for the effects of the hot sunlight on your windows. Up to 40% of heating energy can be lost in the winter due to poorly performing windows, and windows can lose up to 50% of your home’s energy during summer. You can see how this quickly becomes expensive. In 2002, Normandy Park’s residents spent $552,000 on public utilities alone, (like heating and cooling). Wouldn’t it be wonderful if, just by installing energy efficient vinyl replacement windows and doors, you could lower that number?
How do you select the vinyl replacement windows and doors that are right for your home?
In order to select units that will provide your Normandy Park home with adequate energy efficiency and comfort, there are a few important window features to consider. Energy Star is a U.S. government program that provides helpful labels for energy efficient windows that will help you choose the best options for the Normandy Park climate.
The U-factor is a rating which measures how much heat a window loses and how well a unit can withstand heat transfer. U-factors typically range from 0.25-1.25 and the lower the U-factor, the higher the insulating qualities of a window or door. The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) is another important rating and it measures the amount of solar radiation transferred through a window, by a number between 0-1. The lower the SHGC, the less solar heat is transmitted through a window. Remember that when you are shopping for windows, you need to shop for the Normandy Park climate. However, it is helpful to keep in mind that low U-factors perform better than ones with high U-factors in all climates.
Puget Sound Window & Door understands the importance of having energy efficient windows and that is why, in addition to other fine brands, we offer Milgard’s award-winning windows and doors. All our Milgard products meet Energy Star requirements, allowing us to help you maximize your energy savings and reduce our own impact by using responsible manufacturing practices. Our Milgard windows and doors have superior energy performance because thermal simulations are conducted on all products before they get to market. This means they meet all the tough thermal and solar requirements. We offer a large variety of energy efficient window packages, making it easy for you to meet the efficiency requirements. We even go a step further and offer Milgard vinyl replacement windows and doors that are tailored to specific climates, so we can perfectly match the window to your Normandy Park energy needs. And, Milgard vinyl replacement windows and doors from Puget Sound Window & Door have guarantees that come with installation, offering you even greater value for your investment.
For over 30 years, we have had an unsurpassable customer service reputation, and we would be delighted to help you improve your Normandy Park home’s energy efficiency. Contact us today to schedule a free, in-home consultation!
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