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4 Money Saving Features to Look for When Choosing New Windows

saving-money-on-window-replacements-all-weather-kansas-cityIf you’re living in an older home and trying to improve its energy efficiency, investing in new windows is one of the smartest moves you can make.

A houseful of new windows does require an initial investment, it’s true, but there are ways to offset that with available money-saving features you can look for while choosing new windows.

Related Read: 7 Window Safety Tips That Could Potentially Save Your Life

Trust the Energy Star Rating

energy-star-label-energy-efficient-windows-all-weather-kcYou’ve seen the Energy Star rating on appliances, but did you know that the EPA’s Energy Star program applies to windows, too? This Energy Star rating signifies that the product you are looking at is an energy-efficient and environmentally responsible option. Buying Energy Star rated windows means you’re getting windows that are guaranteed to save energy and money by improving your home’s energy “envelope”.

Performance criteria for windows are based on ratings certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). If a window is Energy Star certified for your climate, it means that it’s been manufactured by an Energy Star partner that has been independently and rigorously tested to meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Money Saving Features to Look For:

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1. Double Pane Windows

Making the switch from single to double pane windows will double your home’s thermal efficiency. These windows have a small space between two panes of glass which creates a dehydrated air pocket that can be filled with an inert gas to increase thermal efficiency, and reduce your energy loss by up to 50%.

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2. Triple Pane Windows

Even better, triple pane windows have two spaces (one between each pane) to create two dehydrated air or gas-filled pockets. Because of the extra pane, these windows can reduce your energy loss by 70-80%. They are engineered to be stronger than double pane windows in order to support the additional pane, which means you’ll need a stronger frame to install this type of window.

3. Add Additional Inert Gases

In some cases, paned windows may only be filled with air. However, there is an option to fill those panes with inert gasses such as Argon. These inert gasses don’t transfer heat as easily as air does, which means adding these will enhance the thermal efficiency of double and triple pane windows. Also, this feature is very effective in slowing down sound transmission in homes on busy streets or in high-traffic areas. These gasses are safe, inexpensive, and readily available, which makes them an easy energy saver for homeowners who are aware of this option.

4. Consider a Window Coating

Various coatings can also be added to enhance thermal performance such as a Low-E coating. Adding a coating, for example, Low-E coating, in a double pane window increases the window’s insulating capacity and increases its energy efficiency by 35%. There are many different types of Low-E coating available, some that are more geared toward solar control, and others are more geared toward UV protection. In order to choose the best option for your home, we suggest having a professional from All-Weather come out and help. We assess several different factors in your home to make sure you’re choosing the most efficient option for the best price.

Whatever options you choose, new energy-efficient windows will help you save both energy and money since windows account for up to half of a home’s heat gain in winter and cooling loss in summer. Once you’ve picked your new windows, make sure they’re properly installed by professionals, because without proper installation your efforts (and dollars) will be wasted. We’ve been in business for over 30 years and have served over 40,000 happy, satisfied customers since our inception! We’ll help you save money and select the best window options for your home.

 

If you’re thinking about installing new energy-efficient windows in your Kansas City home, contact us at All-Weather Windows, Doors, and Siding. And for more helpful tips, check out our blog!

 

Resources: https://www.energystar.gov/products/building_products/residential_windows_doors_and_skylights/key_product_criteria

http://www.energy.gov/energysaver/energy-efficient-windows

https://www.nachi.org/window-gas-fills.htm

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3 Causes of Broken or Cracked Windows & How to Fix Them

impact-break-broken-window-replacement-all-weather-kansas-cityThere’s nothing worse than sitting at your kitchen table having coffee one morning and noticing a small crack in your sunny kitchen window! Next, you ask yourself questions like: How’d that happen? and more importantly, how the heck am I going to fix that?

A broken or cracked window is an all-too common occurrence with a variety of different causes. However, regardless of what caused the damage, it needs to be addressed, and the sooner the better. Why? That cracked or broken window is not just an eyesore, it’s costing you money every day as it leaks precious energy from your home. So, what’s next? Let’s look at some of the causes & solutions:

Causes of Stress Cracks

stress-crack-window-replacement-all-weather-kansas-cityA stress crack in an insulated glass window is a crack that starts small, near the edge of the window, and often continues to grow and spread across the glass. Extreme fluctuations in temperature are the most common cause of small thermal stress cracks. For instance, when it’s a cold day and you crank your heat up drastically to stay warm.

This is the same for the outside temperature as well. If the outside temperature drops suddenly, your window can crack, much like a hot dish can crack if you fill it with cold water or how ice cubes crackle when you drop them in warmer water. A stress crack can also occur from windows falling or slamming them shut, so be gentle.

Causes of Impact Breaks

impact-break-window-broken-all-weather-kansas-cityAn impact break is just what it sounds like — a broken window caused by a neighborhood ballgame hit gone astray, a rock propelled by a weed eater or a lawn mower, or a golf swing gone wrong if you live on a golf course. These are usually characterized and easily identifiable due to the starburst pattern that radiates outward from the point of impact.

Important Safety Note: If you experience an impact break in your home, clean up any glass that may be on your floor, but DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE THE REMAINING BROKEN GLASS YOURSELF. Please, leave this to a professional to avoid any injuries.

Causes of Pressure Cracks

pella-pressure-stress-crack-window-replacement-kansas-city-all-weatherPressure cracks are less common and always seem to come out of nowhere. Most commonly seen in insulated glass, or double-paned windows, pressure cracks can be caused by drastic pressure system changes in the weather or when windows are installed at too high or too low of an elevation level. These cracks tend to curve in the shape of an hourglass and will most likely result in a complete window replacement.

How to Fix Your Broken or Cracked Window

While replacing the glass can work in some situations, it’s only a temporary fix for most. To ensure these issues are completely resolved and won’t happen again, we suggest having a certified professional replace the window altogether. Don’t worry! While this solution may seem like the pricier option, leaving this problem unresolved will wind up costing you much more in energy bills as those cracks leave a way for air to come and go as it pleases.

That small crack is only going to get worse over time, so don’t wait any longer! Give the experts at All-Weather a call at (913) 262-4380 or schedule an appointment online today. For more helpful homeowner information, check out our blog!

 

Windows That Won’t Stay Up? Here’s Why & How to Fix Them.

window-that-wont-stay-up-all-weather-safetyProperly functioning windows are something that many homeowners take for granted, that is until a window stops functioning altogether. One of the more common problems homeowners report is windows that fail to stay open. Instead, they may fall shut unexpectedly or refuse to stay open altogether. Wondering what to do when windows won’t stay up? We’ve got some suggestions.

Possible Causes of Falling Windows

First off, why does this issue happen in the first place? There are essentially two main causes of windows that refuse to stay up.

One possibility is that the one, or both, balances of the window have become disconnected from the sash. Another possibility is that the balances are connected but aren’t working properly. Either way, it is important to have a professional fix this issue before it becomes a safety hazard in your home.

Why You Need to Fix Your Faulty Windows Immediately

little-boy-looking-out-window-safety-all-weather-kcA window that fails to stay in the open position isn’t just annoying–it’s downright dangerous.

When a window unexpectedly slams shut, it could shatter and become a safety hazard to those in the area (especially children and pets). Furthermore, a person could become injured if the window falls while they’re trying to maneuver it, resulting in pinched or broken fingers and other hand injuries.

Related Read: 7 Window Safety Tips That Could Potentially Save Lives

Should You Repair or Replace Your Windows?

replacement-windows-kansas-city-all-weather-certified-installersNow, the question is: should you simply repair your window or replace it altogether? While there are temporary fixes you can consider to resolve the problem in the short term, this is probably a sign that your windows are becoming worn and are in need of replacing.

Related Read: Choosing Windows that Match Your Style & Budget

In the meantime, consider replacing the pivot bar, which connects the balance to the sash of the window itself. If there is no obvious damage to the pivot bars, then the shoes or balances of the window frame may need to be replaced.

Regardless of your window needs, we’re here to help. Feel free to contact us today for more information on getting those faulty windows replaced, or for any window questions you may have!

 

 

Quick Fix vs. Total Nix: 3 Reasons to Update Your Entry Door

entry-door-therma-tru-kansas-cityEveryone wants a beautiful home inside and out, and you invest a lot of time and effort into the appearance and condition of your home. One thing that may be overlooked, though, is your entry door. This is a vital part of the house because it affects the temperature, security, and appearance of your home.

If you have an entry door that is older and outdated, or not working as well as it should be, you may have thought about fixing or replacing it. Here are some instances where you may need to decide if your door is a quick fix or a total nix.

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1.) Your Door Is Letting in Air & Creating a Draft

Noticing a breeze as you walk by your front door? This can be a problem that your electric bill may well attest to. In addition to losing money on energy bills, you’re also providing an open-door-policy for insects. If you can feel a breeze, there is likely enough space for pests to come in, regardless of whether or not they are welcome.

In order to fully fix this issue, we suggest replacing your entry door (especially before winter). A good quality replacement for your entry door that fits well will surely save you money, and sanity, without the guessing game of making countless small repairs with no improvements.

2.) Your Door Isn’t Functioning Properly

In most cases, the entry door is the main entrance for guests into a home. If your door is on the fritz and not functioning properly, avoid making your guests awkwardly enter through the makeshift garage door entrance. Problems can include broken, noisy hinges, a rusted lock, damaged trim, or maybe your door is jamming and difficult to open and close.

These things can cause serious safety and security issues if neglected, and anything that is broken on a door would especially be of concern to those with children. While in some cases it may be something small that is simple to repair, several of these repairs can add up! Replacing the door offers a more permanent solution, especially if the fundamental parts of the door are worn out.

Related Read: Security 101: The Safest Locks for Your Home

3.) Your Door Is Outdated or Doesn’t Match the Style of Your Home

Perhaps the paint is peeling, or there are scratch marks at the bottom from the last homeowner’s dog. The appearance of your front door is definitely something people notice. Seeing it every day, you may not have given it much thought, but it affects how both the interior and exterior of your home look. Replacing or repairing your entry door is a simple change that will add value to your home.

Related Read: Make an Entrance with Therma-Tru’s Pulse Series Entry Doors

At All-Weather, we understand the importance of a good quality door, and we provide solutions to all the above issues with our strong, long-lasting doors to ensure your home stays secure while looking great. Contact us today for more information!

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