ENERGY-SAVING WINDOWS & DOORS FAQ
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Question: What makes Energy-Saving Windows and Doors by Four Seasons Home Products different?
Answer: Four Seasons is the only company that offers different glass formulas based on your geographic location. If you reside in the northern region, your windows will have glass with superior thermal properties. If you live in the southern region, your windows will provide advanced solar protection. This saves you money on your heating and cooling bills. Energy-Saving Windows and Doors from Four Seasons Home Products are the only windows and doors that have exclusive CONSERVAGLASS™ NXT with Stay-Clean technology.
Question: What is R-Value? And why is it important?
Answer: R-Value is a measure of the thermal resistance of an object. The higher the R-value number of a material, the better its insulating properties and the slower the heat flows through it either from a warm, heated space to cold outside temperatures of from a hot exterior to a cool, air conditioned space. It is used to compare the insulating values of differing products, like insulation or windows. It is important in choosing a replacement window because the higher the R-Value the less energy is wasted out the window and the less you have to spend to heat and cool your home.
Question: What is Solar Heat Gain Coefficient and why is it important?
Answer: The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, or SHGC, is the amount of solar radiation that comes through a window. SHGC is expressed as a number between 0 and 1. The lower a window's solar heat gain coefficient, the less solar heat it transmits. It is important in choosing a replacement window because the lower the SHGC, the less cooling energy is wasted out the window and the less you have to spend to cool or air condition your home.
Question: What is Argon gas and why are insulated windows filled with it?
Answer: Argon Gas is an odorless, colorless, tasteless, non-toxic gas which is six times more dense than air. It is used to replace air between the glass panes to reduce temperature transfer. Simply put, argon gas in the space between the lites of an insulated glass window makes it more energy efficient.
Question: Why should I choose an Energy-Saving Window or Door from Four Seasons Home Products over the windows I see on the shelves at my local home center?
Answer: There are a number of reasons you should consider Energy-Saving Window or Door from Four Seasons Home Products over the windows on the shelf of a local home center.
Windows sold at your local home center are likely the same as the windows sold at a home center on the other side of the country. They probably do not take into account the weather conditions unique to your geographic location as Four Seasons Home Products' Windows and Doors do. For example, if you live in Phoenix, AZ, you have very different weather than the people who live in Seattle, WA or Boston, MA. Why should your windows be the same? Four Seasons Home Products sells windows with unique glazing properties designed for the weather in your specific location: warm weather windows where it's mostly hot and cold weather windows where it's not.
The windows that you can buy "off the shelf" at your local home center are likely available only in a limited number of sizes and styles. Energy-Saving Windows and Doors by Four Seasons Home Products are custom-made to fit your home perfectly. They are therefore the most energy efficient (which saves energy costs) and install much more easily and with much less disturbance to your home. And, because you are ordering custom windows, you can get exactly what you want, not just what they have. Your Energy-Saving Window from Four Seasons Home Products will match your home, and your personal, style.
Question: Do replacement windows really pay for themselves or is that just a sales line?
Answer: Energy-Saving Window or Door from Four Seasons Home Products really do pay for themselves over time by lowering your energy costs every year. In fact, we even guarantee it. Energy-Saving Windows and Doors by Four Seasons Home Products are guaranteed to substantially reduce your energy costs or we will pay you $500! In addition to the energy cost savings, vinyl-framed windows are nearly maintenance-free so there is no need to annually hire someone to scrape and paint the window frames. Energy-Saving Windows and Doors by Four Seasons Home Products are glazed with exclusive CONSERVAGLASS™ NXT to reduce your window cleaning chores too. The exterior coatings on CONSERVAGLASS™ NXT are not magic, but they're close to it. A variety of different technologies go into manufacturing CONSERVAGLASS™ NXT, but the key technology that helps the glass stay cleaner longer is the super-thin coatings we apply. Using a patented coating process, invisible, durable and permanent coatings of both silicon dioxide and titanium dioxide are applied to the outside of the glass, permanently enabling your sunroom and conservatory glass to stay cleaner longer. Between the energy and maintenance savings, you will be sure to recoup your window investment over time. We guarantee it!
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