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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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Raintree Gardens Replacement Windows

Raintree Gardens replacement windows keep the brutal heat of the Arizona summer at bay while providing natural light and ventilation to keep electric bills low. The neighborhood of Raintree Gardens is located in the northeast part of Phoenix, AZ. Average summer temperatures exceed 105 degrees, and the dry heat is a real energy-suck for a home's air conditioning system.

Raintree Gardens residents want to keep their bills low and avoid losing energy. Instead of letting precious cold air seep out of old, outdated windows, install Raintree Gardens replacement windows to preserve the cool interior atmosphere. Quality Phoenix windows on the Raintree Gardens market today can work wonders not only for retaining cold air, but reducing heat from sunlight as well.

Raintree Gardens replacement windows don't have to cost a fortune. Discuss your options with a reputable dealer to get the most energy efficiency possible. Replacements are manufactured to fit all budgets, and the initial investment can help you save in the long run. An ill-fitting window can suffer heat transfer, and cheap glass can magnify the sun's heat. These tax your energy bills and air conditioning system, and those costs add up.

Conventional single-pane windows in metal frames that are found in older AZ houses can be robbing the house of energy. It can cost nearly $1,000 per year to heat and cool homes with these outdated windows. [1] Every measure a Raintree Gardens homeowner takes to improve the energy efficiency of her replacement windows lowers energy bills. Top-rated energy-efficient Raintree Gardens replacement windows can reduce those energy bills by more than 30 percent.

Energy Star Label

The best indicator of how well a window performs is an Energy Star rating. Energy Star is a government-backed program that rates building materials based on their environmental impact and efficient use of energy. The Environmental Protection Agency sets forth guidelines that products must meet to earn an Energy Star label.

Energy Star products are guaranteed to help Raintree Gardens consumers gain back what they spend on the product through utility bill savings in a reasonable amount of time. An Energy Star replacement window actually pays for itself. These products are proven to save significant energy and perform to higher standards than similar products without the blue label.

Of course, the Energy Star label is a premium stamp of approval, which means it often comes at a premium price. Buy the best that the budget will allow, but don't break the bank. As long as your Raintree Gardens replacement windows meet certain standards, you will be satisfied with how comfortable they make the home and how much money you can save over the course of a year.

Replacement Window Efficiency

Raintree Gardens replacement windows are labeled with many different scores. Trying to compare all of these can be mind-boggling, so focus on those that do the most to combat the Arizona heat. They are U-factor and solar heat gain coefficient.

U-factor measures the rate of non-solar heat transfer through a Raintree Gardens replacement window. The U-factor takes into account the whole window, including the glass and frame. The lower the U-factor, the better the insulation, and the less cool air that will escape. Ideal U-factor is around 0.35, but shoot for less than 0.5. Anything greater than 0.75 is an energy-suck.

Solar heat gain coefficient measures how much of the sun's heat is admitted through the glass. The lower the SHGC, the less heat a replacement window will allow. Around 0.25 is ideal, but 0.5 is acceptable. This rating can be affected by the orientation and Arizona window shading, though. Raintree Gardens replacement windows that are shaded by trees and face north or south rather than east or west will perform better.

Other energy efficiency factors related to the construction of the window are the panes themselves and the material of the frame. Single-pane glass is outdated and terribly inefficient. Double-glazed windows have two panes of glass with an air or gas fill that buffers heat transfer. These are the standard option today, so verify with a dealer that your Raintree Gardens replacement windows are double-glazed.

The framing material also contributes to energy efficiency. Non-metal replacement frames are better insulator across the board. Metal conducts heat, so it carries the sun's warmth into the house. Wood, vinyl or fiberglass are the best options for maintaining a cool atmosphere in the home.

An aspect of window efficiency that some people take for granted is its effect on the cooling system. An air conditioner has to work almost twice as hard to cool a home with an inefficient window scheme. This can lead to more frequent repairs and eventual break-down. Don't get caught in the dead of summer with a malfunctioning air conditioner. Contact a Raintree Gardens replacement windows dealer today.

http://www.efficientwindows.org/PublicAffordableHousing.pdf Retrieved 2011-08-23

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