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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Improving the Energy Efficiency of Existing Windows

Improving the Energy Efficiency of Existing Windows
You can improve the energy efficiency of existing windows by adding storm windows, caulking and weatherstripping, and using window treatments or coverings.
Adding storm windows can reduce air leakage and improve comfort. Caulking and weatherstripping can reduce air leakage around windows. Use caulk for stationary cracks, gaps, or joints less than one-quarter-inch wide, and weatherstripping for building components that move, such as doors and operable windows. Window treatments or coverings can reduce heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. Most window treatments, however, aren't effective at reducing air leakage or infiltration.

Cold Weather Window Tips

  • Use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of your window frames to reduce drafts.
  • Install tight-fitting, insulating window shades on windows that feel drafty after weatherizing.
  • Close your curtains and shades at night to protect against cold drafts; open them during the day to let in warming sunlight.
  • Install exterior or interior storm windows, which can reduce heat loss through the windows by approximately 10%-20%, depending on the type of window already installed in the home. They should have weatherstripping at all movable joints; be made of strong, durable materials; and have interlocking or overlapping joints.
  • Repair and weatherize your current storm windows, if necessary.

Warm Weather Window Tips

  • Install white window shades, drapes, or blinds to reflect heat away from the house.
  • Close curtains on south- and west-facing windows during the day.
  • Install awnings on south- and west-facing windows.
  • Apply sun-control or other reflective films on south-facing windows to reduce solar heat gain.

Selecting New Energy-Efficient Windows

If your home has very old and/or inefficient windows, it might be more cost-effective to replace them than to try to improve their energy efficiency. New, energy-efficient windows eventually pay for themselves through lower heating and cooling costs, and sometimes even lighting costs.
When properly selected and installed, energy-efficient windows can help minimize your heating, cooling, and lighting costs. Improving window performance in your home involves design, selection, and installation.

Design

Before selecting new windows for your home, determine what types of windows will work best and where to improve your home's energy efficiency. It's a good idea to understand the energy performance ratings of windows so you’ll know what energy performance ratings you need for your windows based on your climate and the home's design.
For labeling energy-efficient windows, ENERGY STAR® has established minimum energy performance rating criteria by climate. However, these criteria don't account for a home's design, such as window orientation.
Windows are an important element in passive solar home design, which uses solar energy at the site to provide heating, cooling, and lighting for a house. Passive solar design strategies vary by building location and regional climate, but the basic window guidelines remain the same—select, orient, and size glass to maximize solar heat gain in winter and minimize it in summer.
In heating-dominated climates, major glazing areas should generally face south to collect solar heat during the winter when the sun is low in the sky. In the summer, when the sun is high overhead, overhangs or other shading devices prevent excessive heat gain.
To be effective, south-facing windows should have a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of greater than 0.6 to maximize solar heat gain during the winter, a U-factor of 0.35 or less to reduce conductive heat transfer, and a high visible transmittance (VT) for good visible light transfer. See Energy Performance Ratings to learn more about these ratings.
Windows on east-, west-, and north-facing walls should be minimized while still allowing for adequate daylight. It is difficult to control heat and light through east- and west-facing windows when the sun is low in the sky, and these windows should have a low SHGC and/or be shaded. North-facing windows collect little solar heat, so they are used only for lighting. Low-emissivity (low-e) window glazing can help control solar heat gain and loss in heating climates.
In cooling climates, particularly effective strategies include preferential use of north-facing windows and generously shaded south-facing windows. Windows with low SHGCs are more effective at reducing cooling loads.
Some types of glazing help reduce solar heat gain, lowering a window's SHGC. Low-e coatings—microscopically thin, virtually invisible metal or metallic oxide layers deposited directly on the surface of glass—control heat transfer through windows with insulated glazing. Tinted glass absorbs a large fraction of incoming solar radiation through a window, reflective coatings reduce the transmission of solar radiation, and spectrally selective coatings filter out 40% to 70% of the heat normally transmitted through insulated window glass or glazing, while allowing the full amount of light to be transmitted. Except for spectrally selective, these types of glazing also lower a window's VT. See Window Types to learn more about glazing, coatings, tints, and other options when selecting efficient windows.
If you're constructing a new home or doing some major remodeling, you should also take advantage of the opportunity to incorporate your window design and selection as an integral part of your whole-house design—an approach for building an energy-efficient home.

Selection

You'll find that you have several options to consider when selecting what type of windows you should use in your home.
When selecting windows for energy efficiency, it's important to first consider their energy performance ratings in relation to your climate and your home's design. This will help narrow your selection. Select windows with both low U-factors and low SHGCs to maximize energy savings in temperate climates with both cold and hot seasons. Look for whole-unit U-factors and SHGCs, rather than center-of-glass (COG) U-factors and SHGCs. Whole-unit numbers more accurately reflect the energy performance of the entire product. 
A window's energy efficiency is dependent upon all of its components. Window frames conduct heat, contributing to a window's overall energy efficiency, particularly its U-factor. Glazing or glass technologies have become very sophisticated, and designers often specify different types of glazing or glass for different windows, based on orientation, climate, building design, etc.
Another important consideration is how the windows operate, because some operating types have lower air leakage rates than others, which will improve your home's energy efficiency. Traditional operating types include:
  • Awning. Hinged at the top and open outward. Because the sash closes by pressing against the frame, they generally have lower air leakage rates than sliding windows.
  • Casement. Hinged at the sides. Like awning windows, they generally have lower air leakage rates than sliding windows because the sash closes by pressing against the frame.
  • Fixed. Fixed panes that don't open. When installed properly they're airtight, but are not suitable in places where window ventilation is desired.
  • Hopper. Hinged at the bottom and open inward. Like both awning and casement, they generally have lower air leakage rates because the sash closes by pressing against the frame.
  • Single- and double-hung. Both sashes slide vertically in a double-hung window. Only the bottom sash slides upward in a single-hung window. These sliding windows generally have higher air leakage rates than projecting or hinged windows.
  • Single- and double-sliding. Both sashes slide horizontally in a double-sliding window. Only one sash slides in a single-sliding window. Like single- and double-hung windows, they generally have higher air leakage rates than projecting or hinged windows.

Installation

Even the most energy-efficient window must be properly installed to ensure energy efficiency. Therefore, it's best to have a professional install your windows.
Window installation varies depending on the type of window, the construction of the house (wood, masonry, etc.), the exterior cladding (wood siding, stucco, brick, etc.), and the type (if any) of weather-restrictive barrier.
Windows should be installed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations and be properly air sealed during installation to perform correctly. To air seal the window, caulk the frame and weatherstrip the operable components.

Article from Energy.gov



The Window Professionals are a full service company and we offer no down, 100% financing through Ygrene and the PACE program.

If you have any questions about windows or doors please stop by our beautiful showroom in Jupiter and in Miami.  We can answer any questions you may have, we have been helping people with their windows and doors in South Florida for over 25 years.  If you want it done right, think the Window Professionals.

Please visit our showrooms:
 
Jupiter: 1319 Jupiter Park Drive, Jupiter, FL 33458 www.windowprofessionals.com 
Call (561) 745 6122

Miami: 10001 S. Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33156 www.windowprofessionals.com
Call (305) 669 4484

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Happy New Year from the Window Professionals in Jupiter & Miami Florida

Happy New Year!



The Window Professionals have been helping homeowners and area builders with all of their window and door needs since 1989.

We offer only the best in quality windows and doors for all your needs from some of the biggest names in the industry.

Our staff is very knowledgeable and trained to answer all of your questions.  We are always learning and educating ourselves on the latest innovations in windows and doors. 

With the start of the new year, now is a great time to take an assessment of your homes windows and doors.

Upgrading to new impact windows and doors can add value to your home and lower your electric bills.

We are a full service company and we offer no down, 100% financing through Ygrene and the PACE program.

If you have any questions about windows or doors please stop by our beautiful showroom in Jupiter and in Miami.  We can answer any questions you may have, we have been helping people with their windows and doors in South Florida for over 25 years.  If you want it done right, think the Window Professionals.

Please visit our showrooms:
 
Jupiter: 1319 Jupiter Park Drive, Jupiter, FL 33458 www.windowprofessionals.com 
Call (561) 745 6122

Miami: 10001 S. Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33156 www.windowprofessionals.com
Call (305) 669 4484

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Window Professionals offer PACE Program to Finance Windows & Doors for Homeowners

The Window Professionals offer PACE Program to Finance Windows & Doors for Homeowners


Are you in need of quality windows and doors and are not sure about how you are going to afford the upgrades.

Then you need to take a look at PACE.

PACE is a program that offers 100% low interest financing based on your home's equity not your credit score or financial statements.

Your improvements are financed with low interest loans that are paid for on your property taxes. The process is very simple as long as you have equity in your home. 

This program is offered to our financing partner Ygrene and provides 100%, no money down, PACE financing for window and door improvements to your home.

This program has been available in Dade and Broward counties for the past few years and is now available in Palm Beach County.

This a hassle free way to get new windows and doors, just set up an appointment, our helpful sales professionals will guide you through the whole process. You don't have to pull permits, deal with installers or have any hassles, just leave it up to the professionals, the Window Professionals. 





If you have any questions about windows or doors please stop by our beautiful showroom in Jupiter and in Miami.  We can answer any questions you may have, we have been helping people with their windows and doors in South Florida for over 25 years.  If you want it done right, think the Window Professionals.

Please visit our showrooms:
 
Jupiter: 1319 Jupiter Park Drive, Jupiter, FL 33458 www.windowprofessionals.com 
Call (561) 745 6122

Miami: 10001 S. Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33156 www.windowprofessionals.com
Call (305) 669 4484

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Tropical Wave Could Develop Into A Named Storm Over The Next 3 Days

Tropical Wave Could Develop Into A Named Storm Over The Next 3 Days
Tropical Wave over the eastern Bahamas has a 30% chance of developing the next 5 days as it moves slowly west to west-northwest and across Palm Beach county and the Treasure Coast for the next 3-4 days! Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy with scattered showers Tuesday and rain chance 60%.
The Tropical Wave will remain near our southeast Florida coast Wednesday through Thursday and into Friday! That means the chance of rain will continue at 60-70% through the rest of the week! Right now flooding is not a concern, but minor flooding is possible in some heavier rain areas.
Check your Windows and Doors for seals and make sure you are ready for bad weather should this system form into a storm over the next few days.
(From the CB2 NEWS Website)

If you have any questions about windows or doors please stop by our beautiful showroom in Jupiter and in Miami.  We can answer any questions you may have, we have been helping people with their windows and doors in South Florida for over 25 years.  If you want it done right, think the Window Professionals.

Please visit our showrooms:
 
Jupiter: 1319 Jupiter Park Drive, Jupiter, FL 33458 www.windowprofessionals.com 
Call (561) 745 6122

Miami: 10001 S. Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33156 www.windowprofessionals.com
Call (305) 669 4484

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Three Potential Weather Systems Being Watched By Hurricane Center

Three Potential Weather Systems Being Watched By Hurricane Center

The National Hurricane Center has now identified three areas of disturbed weather that it is watching for tropical development in the Atlantic.

So-called Invest 91L was given a 40 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone over the next five days, with forecasters expecting conditions to be less favorable as it crosses into the Caribbean Sea on Friday. That system had been given a 60 percent chance of formation in the 2 a.m. advisory.
Two other areas associated with tropical waves were both given a 20 percent chance of becoming tropical cyclones in the next five days.
If one gains tropical storm status, it would be named Harvey.
Now is a great time to check your windows and doors, update your emergency supplies and make sure your family has your storm plan should a hurricane threaten our area.


If you have any questions about windows or doors please stop by our beautiful showroom in Jupiter and in Miami.  We can answer any questions you may have, we have been helping people with their windows and doors in South Florida for over 25 years.  If you want it done right, think the Window Professionals.

Please visit our showrooms:
 
Jupiter: 1319 Jupiter Park Drive, Jupiter, FL 33458 www.windowprofessionals.com 
Call (561) 745 6122

Miami: 10001 S. Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33156 www.windowprofessionals.com
Call (305) 669 4484




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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Window Professional Sales Team Visit Cardinal Glass in Minnesota

Window Professional Sales Team Visit Cardinal Glass in Minnesota

When you sell only the best quality window and door products in the industry it is very important to be continually educated on the product you sell and service.

For the staff of the Window Professionals it was a eye opening experience to visit the Cardinal Glass plant in Minnesota this summer to get a first hand view on how high quality glass is made.


Cardinal Glass Industries is leading the industry in the development of residential glass for windows and doors. They have grown to more than 6,000 employees located at 37 manufacturing locations around the United States. 

At Cardinal, they maintain a clear vision: design and fabricate the most advanced residential glass products in the industry. 

They start with a heavy investment in research and development.  Their twin R&D centers in Minnesota and Wisconsin provide the basis for new advances in glazing fenestration. 

They turn around those fresh ideas into useful products that regular homeowners can use. They provide a turnkey solution to window manufacturers: whether it starts with insulating glass, coated, laminated, tempered or just plain float glass, it is all designed to provide the latest in applied glass science.

Needless to say, the staff of the Window Professional learned a lot and are primed to share even more experience with our valued customers in South Florida.

If you have any questions about windows or doors please stop by our beautiful showroom in Jupiter and in Miami.  We can answer any questions you may have, we have been helping people with their windows and doors in South Florida for over 25 years.  If you want it done right, think the Window Professionals.

Please visit our showrooms:
 
Jupiter: 1319 Jupiter Park Drive, Jupiter, FL 33458 www.windowprofessionals.com 
Call (561) 745 6122

Miami: 10001 S. Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33156 www.windowprofessionals.com
Call (305) 669 4484




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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

New Jeld-Wen Siteline Windows & Doors Available in 9 Interior Finishes and 22 Exterior Cladding Colors

New Jeld-Wen Siteline Windows & Doors Available in 9 Interior Finishes and 22 Exterior Cladding Colors


JELD-WEN Siteline Wood windows are available in nine interior finishes, and 22 exterior cladding colors. In addition to the seven existing hardware finishes, a new black hardware finish is available. Interior wood species include AuraLast® pine, alder and Douglas fir.
Available window styles include casement with updated architectural styling, a push-out option, awning, and double-hung with concealed jamb liner. JELD-WEN offers options such as simulated divided lites and three different segment top styles.
Siteline wood patio doors also come in many configurations. Designs such as swinging patio doors add beauty and functionality to the home, fit with a wide variety of architectural styles and are available in hundreds of configurations. Homeowners can select from unique options such as European-inspired operable, venting sidelites, which allow fresh air in without opening the entire door.
Also made standard with pine AuraLast® wood, Siteline® patio door options include 22 exterior clad colors, seven anodized exterior clad options and nine interior finish choices.
The new Siteline® folding door system is a floor-mounted application and an affordable solution when homeowners are looking to truly bring the outside in. The system can be a great solution for renovation projects or new construction.

If you have any questions about windows or doors please stop by our beautiful showroom in Jupiter and in Miami.  We can answer any questions you may have, we have been helping people with their windows and doors in South Florida for over 25 years.  If you want it done right, think the Window Professionals.

Please visit our showrooms:
 
Jupiter: 1319 Jupiter Park Drive, Jupiter, FL 33458 www.windowprofessionals.com 
Call (561) 745 6122

Miami: 10001 S. Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33156 www.windowprofessionals.com
Call (305) 669 4484



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