How to Read Window Energy Performance Labels

Posted on Dec 24, 2019

Know Your Window Performance Labels All new and replacement windows have a government mandated performance sticker that shows you the windows U-Factor, Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, Visible Transmittance, Air Leakage, Condensation Resistance and some windows can have even more.  It is very important to learn these values as they may save you a lot of money in energy costs and improve your overall comfort.  Sometimes getting a higher performance window may cost you few more bucks upfront and save you hundreds if not thousands in the long run.  In other words, spend a few minutes and learn these. Windows U-Factor U-Factor is a measure of how well a window can retain heat inside of a space.  The lower the U-Factor value the better the window is at keeping the heat inside.  This is one of the most important variables to look at when shopping for windows in colder climates, especially for windows that are in shaded or north facing area of the house.  Sometimes the U-Factor is also referred to as the U-Value. Solar Heat Gain Coefficient You can think of Solar Heat Gain Coefficient as the opposite of U-Factor.  This score grades the windows ability to keep the outside solar heat from coming into your home.  The lower the value, the less solar heat the window absorbs and transmits into your home.  South facing windows that are not in shade should have a low value SHGC (solar heat gain coefficient) while windows that are in the shade or north side of your home will not benefit much from a low SHGC.  We are seeing more and more hot and humid summers in the Pittsburgh, Monroeville region so be sure to consider this coefficient and give your AC a little break. Visible Transmittance Window Score As the name hints this score measures the windows ability to allow visible light to enter your home.  The higher the value the more visible light is permitted to come inside.  Remember that north facing windows, or ones that are shaded by lots of plants will not be exposed to sunlight that much so you may want to consider something that has a better visible transmittance score. Air Leakage Window Score Air leakage score measures the windows ability to prevent outside air from coming in.  Ever felt that chilly “ghost” breeze when you stood by a window and heard a strong gust outside?  If you ever felt that then you experienced a window with a high air leakage score.  Air leakage can be quite expensive for homes that get hit by strong winds.  This is quite common in older homes and is a very expensive source of heat loss. Condensation Rating Score This score isn’t always published as its not required but its good to know what this measures so that you can make the right choice when shopping for windows.  Condensation rating measures the windows ability to resist condensation.  The higher this rating score the better the window is at resisting condensation. Remember, Proper Window Installation is Just as Important as the Windows You Buy! It goes without saying that the highest performing...

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Home Owner Maintenance Tips – Avoiding The Big Expenses

Posted on Dec 24, 2019

There are many things you can do to improve the health of your home and minimize or avoid incurring repair bills.  Our Pittsburgh and Monroeville area is exposed to all sorts of extreme weather conditions ranging from freezing winters to incredibly hot and humid summers.  Often we stay indoors where the temperature remains relatively comfy at around 68 to 78 degrees (+/-) while the outside can vary dramatically.  Your roof, doors and windows must handle a summer heat index of over 120 degrees as well as a winter cold index of -10.  That’s a 130 degrees in difference!  We hope these maintenance tips help you make your home last longer and run more comfortable and efficient.  Should you need help with anything roof, door, window, or other repair related then please contact us. Winterize Outdoor Faucets Water expands when it freezes and can cause major damage to pipes.  Make sure you don’t have any in your outdoor faucets.  Disconnect all hoses from faucets and shut off the water supply going to your homes outside.  After turning everything off, open your outside faucets to make sure no water is coming out.  When empty, turn them off for the winter. Redirect Water Away from Foundation Any water that pockets around your foundation can become a  very expensive repair item down the road.  There is an old “tip” phrase to help you prevent water from collecting around your home.  We often tell our customers to “think like a drip!”.  Think about rain and melting snow water coming down from your roof or following the path of least resistance on the ground.  Spend a few bucks in downspout extensions and direct the water further away from your home.  Be sure that the ground around your home has a pitch angled away from your house so that the water never gets a chance to sit around the foundation.  Take a walk around your home and think like a drip! Winterize Your Heating Components Pittsburgh area furnaces go into overtime during our winter storms so help them by changing all furnace filters at least once a year.  If you notice your filters are very dirty then do it more frequently.  Check all of your air registers and make sure most of them remain open.  Ideally you should have 75% or more remain open.  Both of these things allow your heater to have to deal with much less resistance, extending its life. Tidy Up Your Decks Don’t let leafs and other debris accumulate on your decks as this may be a good spot for vermin or termites to begin nesting.  Give it a good power wash before winter and spend some time evaluating wooden boards to make sure everything is firm.  Be sure to check for rot and puddling as you do this.  If you notice any issues, take care of them quick.  Decks take a beating from your foot traffic as well as the weather so the earlier issues are addressed the longer they will be around. Inspect Roof for Damage We recommend you do a thorough visual inspection before each season.  Look for any spots...

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Posted on Apr 25, 2015

Richard Felser Company is Pittsburgh’s premier home improvement firm.  We offer the following services: Windows – Custom-made to fit your exact window openings. Manufactured with state-of-the-art insulating vinyl frames and sashes that never need painting. Our window sashes also have a tilt-in feature for easy cleaning. With our windows you’re guaranteed a lifetime of energy savings, freedom from maintenance and a brighter, more beautiful home.   Contact us today and learn more about our high efficiency vinyl replacement windows. Siding – Our durable, weather-resistant vinyl won’t warp, split, rot or dent. So forget about costly repairs. And because its color goes clear through the panel, it never needs to be scraped, sanded or painted. Patio Rooms – From a recreation area to an exercise room, to a breakfast nook, the possibilities for new living space are only limited by your imagination. Doors – Beautiful and secure steel doors are part of our product offering. Many different styles and types to meet any homeowner’s needs. Whether it’s smooth steel, stainable steel, decorative glass or sidelites we can accommodate your wishes. We also carry storm doors to complete your entryway’s new appearance. Roofing – If you are in need of a new roof, we can help. Depending on your specific needs – our roof systems can include premium shingles, ventilation options, water resistant underlayment and new soffit panels. Decks and Railing – Our new composite and vinyl deck selections will transform your home’s outdoor environment! Awnings – Our awnings are custom made and...

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