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Select this option if you need multiple types or assistance in determining the best type for your project.

SKYLIGHTS
Allow natural light into top floor rooms such as attics that may not have walls for windows.

AWNING WINDOWS
Like casement windows, they crank out, but the sash opens upward instead of sideways.

STORM WINDOWS Protect older windows against energy inefficiency and are an economical option.

SLIDER/GLIDER
These windows feature a sliding track allowing the sashes to move left and right.

SINGLE HUNG WINDOWS Only the bottom sash opens. The top half of the window is stationary.

DOUBLE HUNG
Both sashes move up and down. Generally both sashes will pop in for easy cleaning.

BAY/BOW WINDOWS Generally protrude out from the exterior wall of a home, creating a wide view and wide window sill inside.

CASEMENT WINDOWS These windows crank out and allow maximum air flow in and out of a home.

BASEMENT EGRESS These maximize light in a basement and are also used for safety.

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Meyersdale Replacement Windows

Meyersdale replacement windows make your home more pleasant inside and out. Beautiful Pittsburgh window replacements enhance your home's curb appeal, increasing its market value. They also make the home more comfortable in the frigid Pennsylvania winters and lower your heating bill, another excellent selling point if you plan to list your home in the near future. Like any major home improvement, installation of Meyersdale replacement windows is a large investment, but they pay for themselves over their lifespan.

Meyersdale is a borough located 73 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, PA. Meyersdale features many beautiful, historic homes in various architectural styles. Reproductions of historic window styles are now produced with energy-efficient technology, so you can save money and live comfortably without sacrificing aesthetics. Meyersdale replacement windows are available at all price-points, so visit a dealer to find the styles that best suit your home and budget.

Energy Star Products

Energy Star is a government-backed program to rate building materials on their energy-efficiency. Only the most efficient products earn the symbol so you know you're getting a top product. The criteria for earning the star are rigorous. Meyersdale replacement windows must contribute significant energy savings, and the rating guarantees that you will make up half of the cost difference for a cheaper, less efficient product through energy savings over a reasonable amount of time.

Energy Star also ensures that one pricey manufacturer does not dominate the market for efficient products. The technologies used by an Energy Star product must be widely available and used by several manufacturers. The government offers tax credits for consumers who buy Energy Star products, and you could be credited up to 30 percent of the purchase price. Meyersdale replacement windows with energy-efficient features not only lower your utility bills, they also reduce harmful greenhouse gases since you can run your heating units less frequently. This also means your heater lasts longer, suffering less wear and tear than it would if it had to compensate for poorly-insulated windows.

The Energy Star label indicates highly efficient Meyersdale replacement windows, but it doesn't tell you much about why the window is efficient. All replacement windows should be labeled with the National Fenestration Rating Council's label that verifies that the product meets state energy codes. This label includes three to five numbers: U-factor, solar heat gain coefficient, visible transmittance, air leakage (optional) and condensation resistance (optional). Each number measures the degree to which Meyersdale replacement windows resist heat loss and perform other functions.

For optimal efficiency, select replacement windows with a U-factor of 0.30 or less, which indicates a slower rate of heat loss. For the best performance, look for a U-factor of 0.22. Solar heat gain should be high, near 0.60. A higher SHGC allows more heat to enter through the windows, heating Meyersdale homes naturally.

Visible transmittance measures how much light can enter, so choose those around 0.70 to admit plenty of light without a harsh glare. Air leakage is a measure of the amount of air slipping through gaps in the Pennsylvania replacement window construction. Tighter replacement window construction gives you a lower value, so look for those closest to zero. Finally, look for replacement windows with a condensation resistance measure closest to 100 to prevent moisture from forming on the window.

Winterizing Your Home

Western Pennsylvania experiences chilly winters with ample snow. Even the most efficient Meyersdale replacement windows can benefit from proper winterizing to maximize their performance. Highly efficient Meyersdale replacement units can be quite expensive. If you choose to compromise for slightly less energy-efficient windows, proper winterizing is even more important.

Don't wait until the first hard freeze to start your improvements. At the onset of fall, begin preparations for the frigid Meyersdale winter ahead. You will first want to identify any drafts or gaps that exist. On a windy day, stand with a lit candle in front of each window. You will be able to tell if air is entering your home through the window.

Those that are noticeably drafty will need caulking to fills the gaps. You should also apply weatherstripping to each window. This is also a good opportunity to check the weep holes, the small holes in the bottom of the frame that drain rainwater. These can become dirty and clogged, and standing water can accumulate and rot your frame. As the water freezes and expands in winter, it can crack the frame, facilitating further rot.

Installing a storm window over each window in place of the screen is another way to buffer harsh winter winds. These can be removed and reused every year. An unattractive but highly effective option is an insulator kit of plastic sheeting. You essentially shrink-wrap each window to block heat transfer. Meyersdale replacement windows can make a world of difference in the cold Meyersdale winter, so contact a Pittsburgh, PA, dealer to prepare for the chill.

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