Looking for windows for homes in cold climates doesn’t have to be difficult. Not all windows are the same, which means there are specific things homeowners need to look for when choosing a new window. There are two things that need to be considered when looking for windows for homes in cold climates: air infiltration and glass packages. Homecraft, Inc®. shares a quick look at these:
Air infiltration is the process by which outside air makes its way into the home via small gaps in windows and doors. That said, there are no airtight windows and doors – every type of window and door will allow some amount of air to enter in.
Homeowners should keep in mind that the most energy-efficient windows still allow a small amount of air to pass through from the outside to the inside and vice-versa. The less air infiltration, though, the better. Windows and doors should thus be properly sealed.
Aside from checking for air infiltration, window and entry doors experts advise homeowners to acquaint themselves with a few numbers that will help determine the best window for their home. Here they are:
This determines the window’s capacity to prevent indoor heat from leaking to the outside. The lower the U-Factor rating is, the more effective the window will be at keeping the interiors safe.
Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SGHC)
SGHC determines how effective a window is at blocking the heat created by solar light. Lower SGHC ratings indicate that the window is very effective at keeping the heat outside the home. Higher SGHC ratings, on the other hand, mean that the window will allow sunlight, and thus heat, to enter in.
Homes in colder climates will benefit from windows with higher SGHC ratings. Such windows will allow the sun’s light to heat up a home naturally, and with no need to spend for heating.
Low-emissivity coatings prevent solar light and heat from entering the room. When applied to the interior window glass, however, the coating acts as a barrier preventing the heat that entered the room in one way or another.
Looking for a reliable contractor that can provide you with windows for cold climates? Look no further than Homecraft Inc., the trusted window and vinyl siding company in Delaware. Give us a call at 1-877-494-0377 or fill out our contact form for a free quote. We serve clients in Newark, Wilmington and Middletown, DE.