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The Benefits of Installing More Energy Efficient Windows

Monday, September 11th, 2017

wood-windowEveryone wants their homes to be as energy efficient as possible. More energy efficiency means cheaper operating costs, after all. How you improve your home’s energy efficiency matters, however, and not all improvements need to be big investments to be effective. For example, installing new windows can actually save you a lot of money on your annual home operating costs. Find out how below.

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What Are Insulated Windows?

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

If you’ve ever touched a single-pane window from the inside of a house on a chilly day and experienced that initial shock of cold, then you have a pretty good idea of how easily cold can get into your home during winter with single-pane glass windows. With insulated windows, also known as double-pane windows, this shock of cold stays outside where it belongs. In fact, according to ENERGYSTAR.com, the average homeowner can save anywhere from $125-$465 on annual energy costs when upgrading from a single-pane window to a double-pane window. Window installation in Tacoma should always be handled by professionals, so call the people you can trust: Sunset Air.

Why Do Insulated Windows Work Better?

The first reason why insulated windows work better is because a second pane of glass is added. There is a specific amount of space between the first and second panes of glass, usually ranging from ¼ of an inch to a ½ inch, depending on the manufacturer. Why the space? This space in between panes acts as a layer of insulation through which the heat can’t pass; in fact, it’s estimated that only half as much heat passes through a double-pane window. This space between panes can be filled with air or gas; the usual gas choices are krypton and argon. A second reason insulated windows work better is because of the materials that make up the framing: wood composites, vinyl and fiberglass are some of the materials used, and they are far better insulators than the traditional aluminum frames.

Benefits of Insulated Windows

  • Decreases heat loss – insulated windows can reduce heat loss up to four times more than with single-pane windows.
  • Reduces condensation – the insulation of the air gap between the panes significantly reduces the conditions that can cause condensation to develop on your windows.
  • Reduces outside noise – the extra insulation helps reduce outside noise.
  • Reduces energy usage – double-pane windows can reduce energy usage by 24%, which can be a significant savings for many homes.

If you have been struggling with heat loss due to old, single-pane windows, it may be time to consider new window installation for your Tacoma home.

Call the experts at Sunset Air today and see what insulated windows can do for your living space.

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7 Steps to Save Energy Through the Winter Season

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

 

7 Steps to Save Energy Through the Winter Season

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What’s at Risk with Amateur Window Service for Installation

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

You may not consider installing a window a job that requires professionals. Certainly, professional service sounds nice… but it isn’t 100% necessary. After all, it’s just a window: set it in place, make sure it’s attached, and that’s it.

But let us assure you, based on our many decades of professional work with numerous types of windows and doors, correctly installing a window—and installing the right type of window—requires far more professional skill than you think. The consequences of poor window installation are also high, and any money you might save upfront by choosing to have a non-professional handle the job will soon vanish and you’ll find yourself suffering from discomfort, higher bills, and a generally unpleasant looking new installation.

For quality window service in Lakewood, WA from an experienced team, look to Sunset Air. We will help you dodge these pitfalls of amateur window installation:

Energy Inefficiency

Windows have many energy efficiency ratings on them that explain how well the window stops the movement of heat, blocks UV radiation, and reflects back light. But none of these ratings will mean much if the window goes into place poorly, with ineffective caulking and numerous air gaps, or bad placement where the window allows in too much direct sun. This will mean a house that permits too much heat to enter in warm months, and too heat to escape in the cold months. The house will lose a great deal of energy, and your utility bills will start to mount from overuse of the heater and air conditioner. And it isn’t only poor fitting of the window into place that can cause this. If the installers select the wrong type and material for the window, it will also create energy efficiency problems.

Discomfort

Going hand-in-hand with energy inefficiency is the way a badly installed window will make your house less comfortable. A drafty window can be miserable during winter, and a window that allows in too much direct sunlight along with humid air in the summer can make your house unpleasant and stuffy. (Direct sunlight will also affect your furnishings, leading to fading.)

Windows That “Don’t Work”

A sloppy installation job can result in windows that don’t open and close well, whether shuttered windows, sliding windows, or crank window. The windows will stick and close unevenly, as if they were already warped and excessively worn. With the extra strain placed on the moving parts, the new window will not last long before it need to either be fixed or replaced.

When you have skilled window installers on the job, you can expect to have an attractive window effectively placed so that that will contribute to a comfortable and energy-efficient home—as well a beautiful home. Call on the more than 35 years of experience at Sunset Air when it comes to window service in Lakewood, WA.

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Understanding the Heat Efficiency Numbers for Windows

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

A window is more than glass or other transparent material in a frame. A window forms a part of the energy system in your home, and the right selection and placement of new windows can make a difference in how well your home is heated and cooled.

A key part of understanding the role of windows in energy efficiency is knowing how to read the energy-performance labels from the National Fenestration Rating Council, a nonprofit industry-recognized certifying body for windows and doors. NFRC labels appear on all windows that have met the council’s standards, and contain a list of efficiency numbers. There is also an ENERGY STAR label from the U.S. Department of Energy that identifies the climate for which the window is certified.

If this already sounds like it’s too complicated, you don’t need to worry: if you hire experience professionals for your new window installation, they will guide you toward the energy-efficient window for your construction project that will reduce your costs for heating and cooling. Sunset Air offers quality window services in Lakewood, WA that combine experience and professionalism to make sure that you receive precision window installation.

The Efficiency Numbers to Look For

  • U-factor: This is the measure of the heat loss through a window. The lower the number, the more the window inhibits heat flow and the higher its insulating ability. Generally, the U-factor for a window will be between 0.2 and 1.2.
  • Solar heat gain coefficient: The SHGC indicates how well the window blocks radiant heat; i.e. the heat produced from direct sunlight on the window. The SHGC number is the fraction of the radiant solar energy that passes through the window. It is expressed as a number between 0 and 1, and the lower the fraction, the better the window restricts heat.
  • Visible transmittance: The amount of visible light that enters the window. Like SHGC, it is measures from 0 to 1. The higher the number, the more visible light enters your home.
  • Air leakage: A measure of the cubic feet of air that passes through a window per square foot of window area. The lower this number, the less air will escape through the window. Keep in mind that poor installation will increase air escape, so the air leakage number is only meaningful with skilled installation.
  • Condensation resistance: This rating expresses how well the window stops the development of condensation formation on its interior surface. The higher the number (expressed between 0 and 100), the better the window is at preventing condensation.

Your professional window installers will help you with each of this efficiency numbers, and they will know the ratings that a window must score for NFRC certification. They also will identify the proper ENERGY STAR windows for your climate. Best of all, the professionals will make sure that the window is set and sealed into place so that it can live up to its efficiency numbers and do the job it is supposed to.

Since 1976, Sunset Air has helped homeowners with in Lakewood, WA with window services, door and skylight installation, and other home improvements. For all your window needs, contact our team.

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Benefits of Professional Window Installation

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Window installation may seem like a simple job: fit the window into the open space and secure it. But the task requires far more skill than that, and the consequences of a badly installed window can be expensive and inconvenient.

If you are building a new home or renovating your current one, do not try to handle window installation yourself or delegate it to inexperienced amateurs. Call up a professional and respected company like Sunset Air, where we have more than 35 years of history with door and window installation in Lakewood, WA and throughout the South Puget Sound and Southwest Washington areas.

Here Are 3 Reasons to Rely On Professional Window Installation

  1. Speed: If you’ve ever tried to put in a window on your own (and we hope you haven’t), you will have discovered how difficult it is. It’s time-consuming and not a task that you can handle using only one person, and the lengthy time it takes to complete means you’ll end up with a long uncomfortable period in your home with an open gap where the window is supposed to be. But professional window installers who are used to handling multiple jobs every week can have your windows put in place and caulked and sealed in no time at all.
  2. Energy efficiency: A window does more than permit light into your home and allow you a view to the outside. It is also a source of heat and a potential place for heat to escape. The wrong type of window placed in an incorrect location and installed poorly will become a point of energy-waste in your home. You will lose heat through poor sealing and gain excess heat from bad positioning, and end up with an uncomfortable interior and a heating and cooling system that has to work overtime to compensate. Professional installers will make sure that any window they install will help your home’s energy efficiency, not harm it.
  3. Pleasing design: Remember that professional window installation isn’t just about putting the window in place. It’s also about selecting the right window to fit in with your décor. With professional installers on the job, you are more likely to have a window that becomes an attractive part of your home’s interior and exterior, rather than a bland functional item.

Sunset Air does more than professional window installation in Lakewood, WA. We offer installation of interior and exterior doors and skylights. If you are building or remodeling a home, call our door and window experts today, or visit our window showroom to get a direct look at the variety that we can offer your house.

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Reasons to Rely on Professionals for Window Installation

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

If you are building a new home, or renovating your current one, installing windows is a key part of the process. Sometimes, new windows can make an enormous difference in how energy-efficient a home is, so even if you have no major construction plans for the future, you may wish to investigate the possibility of having new window installation in Lakewood, WA.

For this job, you will need experienced installers, like those at Sunset Air. Putting in new windows isn’t a quick job that only requires putting a new window in place and screwing it down. Improper installation can lead to a host of issues that you want to avoid at all costs.

Some Problems That Can Happen Due To Poor Window Installation

  • Heating and cooling loss: Windows are an important part of the insulation in a home. During temperature extremes, heat will attempt to move through the windows and will seek out any cracks or open spots to pass through. During hot weather, heat will enter through these cracks and make a house warmer, and during cold weather heat will escape and make a house colder. Amateur installation risks windows with poor sealing that will make your home uncomfortable and force your heater or air conditioner to work too hard.
  • Poor positioning and sun exposure: Window installation is not just about putting the window in place; it’s also about choosing the right location and angle for it. A shoddy job of doing this will result in excess sunlight exposure that can damage your furnishings and raise your home’s temperature through radiant heat. (It can also result in windows that don’t bring enough sunlight inside.)
  • Moisture: Improper sealing of a window can cause moisture to seep inside a home. Even a small amount of moisture trapped around the edges of the window can become serious when it freezes during the winter. The danger of wood rot and cracking is high even with only a small infiltration of water moisture through a poorly installed window.

When you hire on professionals in window installation to handle a job, not only will the job be done well to avoid all of these problems, but it will also get done fast, and you won’t have the terrible inconvenience of an open space in your walls for long.

If you think it’s time to upgrade your home and its energy efficiency with new window installation, don’t make it a “do-it-yourself” project, and don’t trust it to amateurs. Call Sunset Air and talk to our experts in window installation in Lakewood, WA today and you’ll have quality services backed by more than 35 years of experience.

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How New Windows Can Help Your Air Conditioner

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

It sounds like a complete disconnect: installing new windows in your home can help your air conditioner. What do windows have to do with keeping cool? And how can replacing them affect a completely unrelated appliance in another part of the house? In point of fact, windows are an important part of your home’s energy efficiency, which in turn has a big effect on how well the air conditioner can do its job. Window installation in Centralia, WA is often the purveyance of heating and air conditioning companies, who know how new windows can help your air conditioner.

In simplest terms, new windows help keep hot air out and retain cool air inside your home. A poorly fitted window or one that’s suffered a lot of wear and tear may sport cracks around its frame, through which conditioned air can leak out. Weather stripping can usually take care of the cracks, but the windows themselves are still contributing to the issue. Air can slip out through any perceived break in the window, and without proper insulation, heat has a way of getting in as well. The heat from the sun is radiant heat, which means it travels invisibly through the air itself. You’ve likely noticed this effect when you’ve walked into a sunny room and felt the warmth on your skin. Insulation in the walls helps slow this effect, but normal windows aren’t insulated, and with the sunlight streaming in, they can heat up your home very quickly.

New windows, on the other hand, can directly address those issues. Not only can you fit them more firmly into place and ensure that there are no cracks, but they can be coated with UV blocking components to help reflect excessive sunlight away. All of that means that your home will be kept cooler longer. The air conditioner doesn’t need to work as hard, and you’ll save money on monthly energy bills as well as reducing the risk of repairs for your AC unit. For more on how new windows can help your air conditioner, or to schedule window installation in Centralia, WA, the experts at Sunset Air are standing by. Give us a call today and let us show you what we can do!

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How Can New Windows Save on Energy

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Summer is on its way, and with it comes an increased emphasis on saving energy. We want to keep our homes cool and comfortable, but no one likes pay more than they have to for reliable cooling. You may be inclined to check your air conditioner for ways to improve its efficiency, and those are good instincts. But you should also look into other aspects of your house, especially the windows, which are a key area in terms of energy efficiency. New window installation in Tacoma WA is surprisingly affordable, and becomes even more attractive when you understand how new windows can save on energy.

You can’t properly insulate window the way you can the rest of the house, because there’s no crawlspace for placing insulation. Radiant heat moves directly in through the glass and into your home, raising the temperature and forcing your air conditioner to work harder to do its job. Furthermore, air leaks around improperly fitted windows can cost you a great deal of cool air generated by your air conditioner, making it all the more difficult to cool your home down properly.

New windows can help with that. Properly fitted windows will cut the leaks down to nothing, while the glass can be treated with UV resistant coatings and similar advances to help keep radiant heat from getting in. In many cases, you can also install double-paned windows to form an extra layer of insulation. Such windows do even more in the winter than they do in the summer, making them a worthwhile investment no matter what the time of year.

We have years of experience with window installation in Tacoma, WA, and we can help ensure that you get the results you need based on your budget for the project. Energy savings have a way of building up over time, and the investment you make today could translate into big savings in the remaining years you own your home. Give us a call today and let us help you take that step.

For more on how new windows can save you money by saving energy, give the window installation experts at Sunset Air a call today. You’ll be glad you did!

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Benefits of Installing a Skylight

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Putting skylights into homes sounds like a luxury more than anything else. They look attractive, provide a pleasant view onto a clear starry sky, and they make a soothing pattering noise few other home surfaces produce when the rain strikes them. But what other benefits could putting a window into a ceiling bring you?

You’d be surprised. Skylights have a number of advantages for home installation that you should consider when you’re remodeling your house or adding on a new room. Sunset Air has worked on window installations in Tacoma, WA for over 35 years, so we’ve seen firsthand the little-known advantages of skylights. Contact our team today to find out more about our services for skylight installation and repairs.

The Skylight Advantages

  • Health: People in the U.S. spend 85% of their time indoors and out of the sun, which deprives them of Vitamin D that can help battle low moods and fatigue. However, too much UV radiation is dangerous. A skylight helps with both problems: it brings the natural light of the sun into a large space, and its glazing blocks and reflects harmful UV rays. A skylight can increase your mood and energy at home.
  • Reduced reliance on electricity: No other type of window in a home draws in as much light as a well-placed skylight. East- and west-facing windows only have sunlight during a brief period of the day, and north- and sound-facing windows may not receive any direct light at all. A skylight pours down many hours of lighting, and this mean less reliance on electrical lights. Even on overcast days, a skylight brightens up a room and lets you turn down the lights.
  • Space enhancement: Adding a skylight to a stuffy room that feels overcrowded will have a near-magical transformative effect. The room will feel larger, fresher, more vibrant. Sometimes the only remodeling you need is a skylight. (You can save money on electrical installation as well when a skylight does half the work.)

Skylight Repairs

Because a home’s skylight has more direct exposure to the elements than other windows, it can occasionally need repairs. Make sure that you have the best professional installation available so your skylight has proper water tightness and the most durable material; this will lower the need for repairs and give you a window on the roof of the world that will last as long as your home does.

Sunset Air provides quality window installation services for Tacoma, WA that includes skylights. We can also repair your existing skylight, and offer 24-hour emergency repairs if you need a leak fixed right away. We offer numerous services for doors and windows, so contact us whenever it’s time for remodeling.

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