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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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Waterloo Replacement Windows

Waterloo replacement windows can reduce uncomfortable drafts in the winter, making your home more pleasant for family gatherings. Windows lose heat in a number of ways, but new technologies in Iowa window manufacturing can stop that energy loss. Poor window quality can account for 30 percent of energy loss in the average home, which costs you more and more each year as the prices of IA utilities rise.

Waterloo is a town on the Cedar River in the northeast. It is not unusual for winter temperatures in Waterloo to dip into the single digits. Such extreme cold takes a toll on Waterloo residents' heating systems and, in turn, their monthly bills. Fortunately, there are plenty of affordable Waterloo replacement windows on the market that can save money over the long term and keep Waterloo families comfortable in the meantime.

Glass for Cold Weather

Iowa experiences short, hot summers, but the climate is dominated by cold. The normal low temperature in January is 6 degrees Fahrenheit, and the temperatures hover around the 20s from November until April. Families should be able to escape blustery, frigid days by coming inside, but a drafty, energy inefficient house offers little relief from the chill outside.

Window manufacturing has become so advanced that inefficient single-pane windows that once dominated the IA market are now difficult to find in some places. Most windows today are double- or triple-glazed to offer the most protection from outside temperature dips. Double-glazed replacement windows are made of two panes of glass separated by a layer of gas or air. The filler buffers the extreme temperatures, stopping them from penetrating the window.

A window loses energy in four different ways. The quality replacement window conducts the heat from inside through the window and dumps it outside. Highly-conductive building materials like aluminum window frames speed up this process, contributing to severe heat loss. An argon fill in a double-glazed replacement window, as opposed to an air fill, also slow conduction.

Heat loss also occurs through convection. When warm internal air meets a cold window, it gives up its heat and sinks to the floor. That pushes warm air up to repeat the process, and that movement creates a draft. Double- and triple-glazing, gas fills, warm-edge spacers and non-conductive frame materials help reduce drafts and improve comfort.

Radiant transfer is the third form of heat loss. Clear glass absorbs interior heat and transfers is outdoors. Low-emittance coatings on replacement glass are invisible metallic layers that resist radiant heat transfer. They are sensitive to different wavelengths of heat and light, so high-solar heat gain coatings can transfer the sun's heat inside to warm the house naturally while keeping the artificial warm air protected. The coatings are clear, so they will not obstruct your view or alter the clarity of the replacement window.

The final form of heat loss is air leakage. This occurs when small gaps between the wall and the window allow warm air to seep out and cold air to enter. Proper weatherstripping, regular re-caulking and tightly-sealed Waterloo replacement windows can reduce that transfer of heat.

For every one degree you raise your thermostat, your energy use increases by 2 percent. The ideal specs for Waterloo replacement windows are double-glazed with an argon fill and low-emittance glass in a wood or vinyl frame. Compared to the least efficient combination of materials--a single-pane, clear window in an aluminum frame--the annual energy savings can amount to almost $250.[1] Over several years, the extra energy efficient features of Waterloo replacement windows more than pay for themselves.

Caring for Replacement Windows

Waterloo replacement windows can last decades, but they must be property maintained. Regular cleaning and inspecting for damage will ensure that your investment gives you years of returns. Windows that are in good condition can also raise your IA home's market value should you decide to sell one day.

Regular cleaning with a non-abrasive cleaning solution and soft sponge or rag keeps Waterloo replacement windows looking new and rids them of harmful debris. Vinyl can be scrubbed clean with the same solution, and it is colored through so it doesn't show dings and scratches. Wood frames need painting every few years to hide chips and prevent wood rot.

An operable window that slides on a track or swings on a hinge should be cleaned each season. Clearing the tracks of debris and paint keeps them sliding smoothly, and lubricating the hinges and runners with silicone spray allows Waterloo homeowners to naturally ventilate the home in the mild Iowa spring and summer by keeping the window open at night.

Before the first Waterloo freeze each year, apply replacement weatherstripping and caulk. Adding plastic sheeting to Waterloo replacement windows can help weatherproof them. With Waterloo replacement windows, you can breathe a sigh of relief that your home is comfortable and your utility bills are under control.

http://www.finehomebuilding.com/how-to/articles/understanding-energy-efficient-windows.aspx Retrieved 2011-09-09

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