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Residential Window Replacement Companies Eudora

Posted in Home Window Replacement Cost Estimator Kansas on August 26, 2017
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The current rage in home improvements inĀ Eudora is new windows. With so many different selections to choose from, though, people are hard-pressed to figure out which ones best suit their needs. Triple pane windows are the latest creation being pushed by many window companies, and they do come with their fair share of benefits.

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There is no limit to what people can find when they start shopping for new replacement windows for homes in Eudora , but the main goal is energy savings. Of course, the tax incentives and utility benefits are nice, as well.Triple pane windows allow you to save even more than double pane windows because they have an extra pane of glass to protect the elements from getting in, as well as to keep your heat or cool air inside your home. While many companies will tell you that triple paned glass is not much more advantageous than double paned glass, it is every little bit that helps in saving money. When you have larger windows or windows that face the south or the west, you will see the most energy savings with these windows.

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Eudora ? Cost Of Installing A New Window

Now is a great time to replace your home's windows. The federal government and local utility companies are making it even more tempting to finally make those changes you've been thinking about. Rebates and tax credits allow you to save up to $2000.

How much energy will you save?

It will vary, but a typical home can save $400-500 per year by replacing single pane or double pane aluminum windows.

Are triple pane windows better than double pane?

Several companies offer triple pane windows, and more will be doing so as they jump on the bandwagon. Essentially, you are gaining in efficiency over a double pane window. How much, and is it worth it?

Let's compare two same size windows by a major manufacturer:

Double pane: U factor.30, SHGC Factor.21, VLT factor.49

Triple pane: U factor.30, SHGC Factor.19, VLT factor.34

The major difference is in VLT or Visible Light Transmittance. The lower number is better for efficiency, but a lower number also means less light in the room. In this example, roughly 30% less. The difference in price for the windows is about 10%.

It's our experience that in most cases the cost difference with triple pane windows is not advantageous. It began as a sales tool, and now everyone is starting to do it in order to compete. If you have a home with a lot of square footage of glass, it might be a good idea to use the triple pane windows on big windowed areas, especially in south or west facing areas. In a normal bedroom with one or two windows, we doubt if you would notice a difference in energy savings and heat loss in the room between double pane and triple pane.

PSE Rebate: $6 per square foot of window up to $500.

Federal Tax Credit: 30% of the cost of the windows up to $1500.

Installation is not included in the rebate/credit calculations.

Example: You purchase $5000 of windows and they are installed. The square footage of the windows is 85 square feet.

PSE Rebate: $500 $6 x 85 = $510

Federal Tax Credit: $1500 30% of $5000 = $1500

Total Savings: $2000

Conclusion

  • Work with a good contractor who will provide the options you require. There are many windows that are good quality and will qualify.
  • Don't succumb to high pressure sales tactics and special, one time offers.
  • Look for an installation that is turnkey and when complete looks like the windows were always there.
  • Apply for your rebates and credits and enjoy your savings!

The Advantages of Double-Pane Replacement Windows

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If a double pane window is better than a single pane window, should I use triple pane windows?

This is getting to be an appropriate question, "Should a window retrofit use triple pane windows?" The vinyl window manufactures are getting so good at making energy-efficient windows, it doesn't take much for them to throw in another pane of glass or two. Wonder if we will be considering quad pane windows one of these days?

If you were really interested in saving energy and wanted the best wall construction possible, you wouldn't put a window in the wall to begin with. A wall without a window has a greater R-value and fewer air leaks. We know how to build a wall that will separate the outdoors from the indoors - what we don't know how to do is build a wall that will keep the outdoors out and the indoors in and still let light through. Come to think about it, our need to let light in is at the root of the problem.

Actually, letting light in is just one of the needed benefits of having a wall with a window. Being able to see through the wall is another benefit and being able to get out of a room during a fire is another. Energy wise, a door is not much better than a window, so I guess windows are here to stay.

The Space Between the Glass:

A window with more than one piece of glass is a real blessing for saving energy and helping with indoor comfort. There is more to a vinyl window than just several panes of glass. Two panes of glass also come with an insulated frame, mounting flange, and better air seals. But the most important part is not the glass, but the space between the glass. Considering window performance, it's the space between the glass that makes the difference.

The Future of Windows:

In the near future, the efficiency ratings of windows will continue to drop. The only way a window manufacturer will be able to reach the energy efficiency ratings of the future is with three or four panes of glass. If you are seriously considering a retrofit window project, you should select the best window for your climate and that means the window will have three panes of glass.

Yes, three pane windows are more expensive than two pane windows. Shop around for the best U-factor and the best SHGC for the best price. If finances are the deciding factor, it will be better to install two triple pane windows than three double pane windows. Stick with the triple pane window and you will have greater energy efficiency for the future which will save you money for years to come.

P.S. Buy your windows and window installation from a local glass company or a licensed general contractor. Please don't buy our windows from a super salesman at a home show that has all the financing you need and a worthless lifetime warranty to go with it.

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