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Maximize Your Investment: Why Seaway Windows And Rogers Insulation Deliver Superior Results

Maximize Your Investment: Why Seaway Windows and Rogers Insulation Deliver Superior Results

Upgrade Your Windows, Boost Your Comfort, Slash Energy Costs

Did you know that outdated windows can be a major drain on your energy efficiency? If you’re looking to save money, enhance your home’s comfort, and reduce your environmental footprint, it’s time to explore the world of energy-efficient windows. This post dives into the crucial differences between single pane, double glazed, and triple glazed windows, along with factors like low-E coatings, U-factors, and gas fillers. We’ll arm you with the knowledge you need to make the best window upgrade decision for your needs!

Rogers Insulation: Experienced and Meticulous Window Installation

Rogers Insulation recognizes that the true energy savings and comfort gains from new windows hinge on expert installation. That’s why their decades of experience ensure the highest quality installation for your replacement windows, maximizing their performance and longevity. Partnering with Seaway Manufacturing, they offer windows renowned for their energy efficiency, superior build quality, and exceptional warranties. This combination of skilled installation and top-notch window products guarantees a solution that will lower your energy bills, enhance your comfort, and deliver lasting peace of mind.

The Impact of Inefficient Windows:

  • Skyrocketing Energy Bills: Outdated windows can cause your heating and cooling costs to soar. The table included in this post shows that single pane windows can result in annual energy use of $900 for heating and $970 for cooling, while some double glazed options can bring that cost down significantly.
  • Drafty Rooms: Are some rooms in your home uncomfortably cold in winter or sweltering in summer? Inefficient windows could be to blame.
  • Environmental Impact: Wasting energy contributes to carbon emissions.

Understanding Your Options: A Quick Comparison

The table below highlights the key differences between various window configurations:

Properties***U-FactorVTSHGCHeating*Cooling*% Savings***
Single glazing, clear glass, aluminum frame1.250.740.76$900$970
Double glazing, clear glass, aluminum frame with thermal break0.640.620.62$700$78022.22%
Double glazing, clear glass, vinyl/wood frame0.490.580.56$650$72027.78%
Double glazing, low-E coating (high solar gain), argon gas fill, vinyl/wood frame0.360.530.52$600$67033.37%
Double glazing, low-E coating (low solar gain), argon gas fill, vinyl/wood frame0.320.500.30$650$65027.81%
Triple glazing, low-E coating (2) (mod. solar gain), krypton gas fill, insulated frame0.180.490.39$550$60038.89%

 

                * 2001 energy prices (current prices 70 – 120% higher; calculated at natural gas, $0.90/therm and electricity, $0.130/kWh)

              ** Heating savings compared to single pane windows

            *** 2000 sf house with 300 sf windows (15% of floor area)

Source: https://www.mass.gov/doc/selecting-energy-efficient-windows-in-massachusetts/download

With this information, we can see the significant impact that window selection has on annual energy use.

When comparing different energy-efficient windows, it’s important to look beyond just the presence of an Energy Star label. While that certification signifies a baseline of energy performance, deeper insights can be gained by examining the NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council) label. This label details crucial efficiency properties for the specific window, including U-factor, visible transmittance (VT), and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC). To make the best decision for your needs, consider using energy-saving calculation tools specifically tailored to your climate zone. Many states or utility companies offer these resources online, providing estimates based on your location and house specifications. A powerful option is the RESFEN simulation software from Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, which lets you model various house and window parameters for a comprehensive energy analysis. Learn more about selecting energy efficient windows in the Selecting Energy Efficient Windows in the Massachusetts fact sheet.

Energy Efficiency Terms for Windows

A reputable manufacturer will put U-Factor, VT, SHGC on the NFRC label, as Seaway does (see below).

U-Factor (U-value)

U-factor measures how effectively a window prevents heat from escaping a warm space. A lower U-factor means less heat loss and better insulation. For maximum energy efficiency in cooler climates like Massachusetts, look for windows with low U-factors, ideally below 0.40.

Visible Transmittance (VT)

Visible Transmittance describes the percentage of visible light that passes through the window. A higher VT means more natural light entering your home. VT generally ranges from 0 to 1, with higher numbers indicating that more light passes through.

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient measures how well a window blocks heat from sunlight. SHGC is expressed as a number between 0 and 1. A lower SHGC means less solar heat is transmitted, which can be beneficial in climates with intense summer sun. For Massachusetts, select windows based on SHGC levels that balance comfort and energy efficiency based on the primary direction the window faces.

Low-emissivity (Low-E) Coatings

Low-E coatings are microscopically thin, transparent layers of metal or metallic oxide applied to the window glass surface. These coatings control heat transfer through the window. A high-solar-gain Low-E coating helps bring in more solar heat during the winter, while a low-solar-gain Low-E coating reduces heat gain in summer. Choose the appropriate Low-E coating type based on your climate and the window’s orientation.

Argon and Krypton Gas Fillings

Many double and triple-paned windows are filled with a colorless, odorless, and non-toxic inert gas such as argon or krypton between the glass panes. These gases are denser than air, slowing down heat transfer and boosting the window’s insulating properties. Krypton typically offers even higher insulating performance than argon.

Here are some excellent references for more information: Fact Sheet: Selecting Energy Efficient Windows in Massachusetts, Guide to Energy Efficient Windows, and Window Types and Technologies.

Table of factors for selection of energy-efficient windows

Properties of Windows for a Cold Climate Like Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, window replacements should have a U-Factor below 0.3 and an SHGC greater than 0.4. A high SHGC window facing south will allow more heating by the sun’s rays. In a warm or hot climate you would look for the lowest SHGC windows within your budget to reduce solar heating.

Rogers Insulation Installs Seaway Windows

Seaway windows offer a winning combination of energy efficiency, customization, and craftsmanship. Their commitment to Energy Star standards and partnership with leading suppliers ensures that their windows deliver tangible savings on your energy bills. With various double and triple glazed options, alongside specialized Low-E coatings, you can tailor Seaway windows to match your home’s unique location and climate needs. Backed by decades of manufacturing experience and meticulous installation, Seaway windows are a sound investment in your home’s comfort, value, and energy performance.

But finding the perfect window is just the first step. To unlock their full energy-saving potential and ensure a flawless fit, expert installation is crucial. That’s where Rogers Insulation comes in. Rogers Insulation ensures that the framing and insulation in the wall surrounding the new window are in good shape, and we use a combination of expanding foam insulation, waterproof membranes or flashing tapes, and high-performance caulking and sealants to integrate your new Seaway window into the existing wall structure to ensure the lowest air leakage and highest insulation value. Rogers whole team is proud of its work; please read our Google reviews  to see how we’ve helped other homeowners navigate their insulation improvements through Mass Save. Don’t forget to explore energy-saving rebates and tax credits available through programs like Mass Save, which can help offset a substantial portion of the costs. Rogers Insulation would be glad to assist in finding the rebates, so contact us today.

When looking to transform your home’s energy efficiency and comfort, the winning combination lies in both the windows you choose and the hands that install them. Seaway Manufacturing’s expertly crafted windows deliver the performance you need, while Rogers Insulation offers the installation expertise to make those benefits a reality. Together, they provide a solution that guarantees lower energy costs, a more comfortable home, and lasting peace of mind for years to come.

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