Buying local is important when it comes to replacement windows. With a lot of big box stores carrying generic windows, many people ask, “Why does it matter where my windows are made – or where I buy them from?” There are a variety of benefits to choosing a local window manufacturer and dealer, which is why we pride ourselves on manufacturing high-quality windows in each of our showroom locations.
By manufacturing in each of our locations, we are able to create windows suited to that specific climate. Depending on where you are, the differing conditions will have a substantial impact on the performance of the windows you choose, saving you money on heating and cooling bills. Choosing locally manufactured windows also supports jobs in your community.
The Goldilocks Effect
As with many things in life, you want it to be just right. There is a sweet spot when it comes to windows, and where you live and the weather that your windows will be subjected to is a big factor in getting the just right windows you want.
Think about a winter jacket. They are designed to protect you from the harsh cold of winter, but it’s important to buy the right kind of jacket depending on where you live and how cold it gets so you’re not over or under protected.
For example, in a location with mild summers, you may actually want to consider windows with a higher solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) that lets in more of the sun’s heat to keep your home warmer in the cooler months and reduces your need to heat your home.
The Right Window Insulation For Your Climate
The right amount of insulation will save you money on the front-end purchase as well as your monthly energy bill and they will make your home more comfortable!
ENERGY STAR ratings are a good place to start when considering window insulation since ENERGY STAR requirements for windows vary depending on the climate where the windows will be used. There are 2 major ratings to consider:
U-factor measures the rate of heat transfer and tells you how well a window insulates. A lower U-factor means better insulation. A lower U-factor means that you’ll generally spend less on heating and air conditioning because your home won’t absorb the heat and cold from the outside as much.
Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)
SHGC measures the fraction of solar energy the window transmits and tells you how much solar heat is blocked by the window. A higher SHGC means more heat is kept out of the home when sunlight is beating down on them.
As you can imagine better insulation or a higher fraction of solar heat being blocked impacts your air-conditioning needs in the summertime.
It can be tricky to balance all of the factors involved in selecting a window. Be sure to get in contact with a window professional to help you make the right decision.
Buy Replacement Windows Near You
Besides the advantages in getting a product that is tailor made for your environment, purchasing locally made replacement windows supports and strengthens the economy of your community. Window Nation’s manufacturing facilities provide jobs and a source of income to many of your neighbors, so you can feel great about supporting a local business when you choose Window Nation!
With our wide selection of state-of-the-art, locally-made windows, Window Nation is ready to help you find replacement windows that you can be certain will be perfect for your home. Visit or call any of our showrooms today to get started!