When it comes to home improvements, many households are looking towards improving a home’s energy efficiency. Heating and cooling are the biggest energy consumers for a house, and having proper insulation helps but did you know that according to the US Department of Energy windows account for up to 25% of your heating and cooling loss.
A visit to the Window Mart factory in Royal, Arkansas with Robert Tankersley shows us the components that add up to superior quality windows that are Energy Star rated. Following the factory tour, a visit to a nearby home reveals how older windows are being replaced by the new energy saving windows and efficient Window Mart windows. Robert also gives tips on selecting a contractor to install the new windows.
Through the Looking Glass
When’s the last time you thought about the windows in your home?
Maybe when the hot summer air sneaks into your house and you see your electric bill skyrocket? Did you know that according to the U.S. Department of Energy, windows account for up to 25% of your heating and cooling loss?
A lot of consumers feel all windows are the same, but that’s simply not true. So what makes a good window?
According to Robert Tankersley of Window Mart in Royal, Arkansas, here are some of the key components. Window Mart is proud to manufacture some of the highest rated Energy Star products in the country, using some of the most advanced components on the market.
- The glass – Over the last 20 years, glass products has advanced tremendously, including Low emissivity glass. Window Mart uses Comfort Select which is AGC North America’s latest and most advanced Low E glass technology. Comfort Select is a Soft Coat Lowe product which means the coating is applied directly to the glass making it much more energy efficient than earlier versions.
- Spacer System – Window Mart only uses what they feel and has been independently proven to be the most energy efficient spacer on the market called “Duralite by Quanex”. Duralite is a component laminate that uses zero metal, which means no conducting of heat or cold.
- Composition of the vinyl (quality and thickness) – Window Mart has been using Deceuninck North Americas vinyl for the past 20 years. The quality helps prevent fading, discoloration and breakdown and is one of the heaviest on the market.
Windows from Window Mart also do not require painting, are maintenance-free, are energy efficient, and are “Made in the USA certified” and each and every window is inspected by a team.
“Window Mart is excited to be partnered with Designing Spaces. I think it is a great opportunity to explain to homeowners the benefit of using high quality, energy efficient windows and doors in their homes. I also feel it gives us a great platform to showcase products that are ‘Made in the USA’ certified. Not only are they getting a great product but they are supporting the USA while doing it,” stated Robert Tankersley, President Window Mart.
Your window project is an investment in your home. It should be something that makes you proud, gives you peace of mind, and saves you money over time.
Make sure to tune in to Designing Spaces on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 at 7:30 am (ET/PT) on the Lifetime Channel to learn more. This show re-airs on Friday July 11th, 2014.