Are Your Windows as Effective and Efficient as You?
Best-selling author Stephen R. Covey wrote about the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” which as a whole, encompasses being independent, practicing interdependence, and the quest for continuous improvement. The first habit on independence is being “Proactive.” By realizing our purpose in life, we can be engaged with activities that are worth-while and contributing to our growth. Engaging in these activities leads us to being productive.
We are reminding Detroit homeowners that replacement windows must also be proactive, which means they should be fully-functional and stay true to their promise and purpose. For example, does the U-value of its glass system prevent heat from escaping? Remember, better glass systems are those with lower U-value. Also, does its so-called Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) factor block the heat caused by sunlight as promised? Check.
Another habit is “Putting first things first,” which means knowing and managing yourself first before you can proceed to others. In choosing your replacement windows in Detroit, decide on what type of windows you prefer and how much you are willing to spend before you proceed on looking out for different contractors that can do the job.
Do not forget to consider the benefits that the new windows can deliver. Energy-efficient factor should be your prime consideration. It is also critical that the glass in your new windows offer the best to keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer.
Under the Interdependence category is thinking win-win. When it comes to dealing with your chosen contractor, you should be open to communicate your expectations for your new windows in Detroit. And in return, you should be willing to listen to their advice on the best-suitable options for your home. Remember, you are hiring a pro to commence the job right.
The fifth habit, which is also under Interdependence, is “Seeking first to understand, then to be understood.” Know the qualities of energy-efficient windows so you’d be sure that you’re purchasing right. Here are the terms that you should keep in mind:
- Visible Transmittance (VT) measures how much light comes through a product.
- The lower the Air Leakage (AL), the less air will pass through gaps and cracks in the window assembly.
- Condensation Resistance (CR) measures the ability of a product to resist the formation of condensation on the interior surface of that product.
- The measure of glass performance is the R-value, which means that the higher the value, the better its insulating factor is.
- Another key indicator, the U-value, measures overall thermal conductivity of the entire window unit, including glass, sash and frame. Windows with better energy performance have high U-value
Ask your contractor how the windows they’re recommending adhere to the aforementioned factors. The seventh habit, which falls under Continuous Improvement, is “Sharpening the Saw.” This habit enables you to create a sustainable, long-term, and effective lifestyle. And this should be carried out by your chosen replacement windows which should last as expected and give you improved comfort.
Kroll Construction is committed to providing you with the most energy efficient window in the market that best suits your home. We ensure that they are effective as expected. Contact us today.