Your windows play a big role in your home’s beauty and security–but how much do you really know about them? In today’s post, Renewal by Andersen of Cape Cod, one of the top window contractors in the area, reveals little known facts about windows that might surprise you.
Origins of Windows
Until the 17th century, only the wealthiest families could afford glass windows. Installed in only the most important rooms, aristocrats made sure to remove and store them in a safe place whenever they were away from their property. Glass windows didn’t become available for common folk until much later.
When tackling window replacement, one of the things you should consider is the energy ratings of the replacement units. The U-factor indicates how well the window conducts heat flow. A lower rating means it is good at conducting heat, while a higher rating means it’s not very good. The solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) is a measurement of the amount of heat gained from direct sunlight. Like the U-factor, a lower SHGC rating means the window is better at blocking heat from the sun.
According to the US Department of Energy, old, inefficient windows account for about 25% of the energy bill in an average household. Replacing them with replacement units that feature two glass panes and airtight frames can help reduce your energy bill by a significant amount. Consider windows with an ENERGY STAR® label and strong U-factor and SHGC ratings.
As one of the leading window companies in the area, Renewal by Andersen of Cape Cod knows windows very well. We love to share our knowledge with our customers, so speak to one of our design consultants today. Call (508) 936-1171 or fill out our contact form for a free in-home consultation. We serve residents of Cape Cod and the surrounding communities.