Humboldt Park Window Replacement In Chicago, Illinois
Last updated on 11/15/2019
With so many Humboldt Park window replacement choices, it is often difficult to determine which type is best for your replacement needs. Unless you work in the Chicago, IL industry, you may not even know what choices for Chicago home windows are available to you. Here are a few of the most common options in the Humboldt Park area to help you in your decision.
Awning and Casement Replacement Windows
An awning Humboldt Park window replacement is an excellent choice for the IL area. On an awning Humboldt Park window replacement, the bottom of it opens out. It can be opened at different levels, from being cracked open to being opened so far that it is parallel with the ground. It is when the awning replacement window is fully opened that it earns its name. It acts as a barrier to weather such as rain, allowing you to enjoy the summer showers without letting the rain inside.
This Humboldt Park window replacement option is great for air flow, and ideal in your Humboldt Park, Illinois kitchen or bathroom. Unlike other windows, awning ones can be opened fully, allowing more air in than other types of replacement windows. When they are fully closed they form a very good seal, so they also act as good insulators.
Casement windows have two panels that are hinged on the side. They open from the middle, much like a French door. Casement windows can open inward or out, but the outward opening casement Humboldt Park window replacement is the most popular.
Like awning windows, casement Humboldt Park window replacement offers good ventilation because the whole thing opens fully. These windows can be opened manually, but some also open by the use of a crank. They are an excellent choice if you want to give your Humboldt Park home an old world feel.
Single and Double Hung Humboldt Park window replacement
Single hung windows are what most of us think of when we think of new Illinois replacement windows. They are sometimes called fixed windows, but this is a misnomer. Fixed windows are windows that do not open. Single hung windows are ones in which the bottom sash slides up to open and the top sash is immobile.
The benefit of single hung replacement windows is that they are relatively inexpensive. Additionally, they are space saving. Unlike other windows, opening them does not require any more room than they take up when they are closed. This makes them ideal for Humboldt Park apartment and condominium type dwellings.
Double hung windows are similar in appearance to single hung ones, with one major difference. Where single hung windows have only one sash that opens, double hung windows open from both the top and the bottom. This can be beneficial in many ways. Say, for instance that opening the top of the window puts it in direct line with a ceiling fan. The air will be drawn in and distributed better this way than if the bottom sash is open. Additionally, perhaps you want the benefit of having it open as much as it would be if you had a single hung variety, but you don't want so much direct airflow. You can open the top only. Alternatively, because both sashes in a double hung option can open either up or down, you can have them open a little at the top and a little at the bottom to even out the incoming air flow.
One drawback to both single hung and double hung windows is that they don't provide as strong of a seal as other window types. Because they need to have sliding tracks, they don't fit perfectly into their frames. They are treated with a sealant, but that breaks down over time and this allows for more air to pass through the frame. This means that single and double hung windows are not ideal for areas of Humboldt Park that have inclement weather.
Another common window type are sliding windows. These Humboldt Park window replacement windows are also known as horizontal sliders. They are similar to single hung windows, except that they slide open horizontally rather than vertically. Other types of Humboldt Park replacement windows are relatively small in size compared to horizontal sliders, so if you have a large window already, or want a large one they are definitely the way to go.
There are two different types of horizontal sliders. The single slider is much like the single hung wherein it has one sash that moves while the other stays put. The double slider, as you may have guessed works much like the double hung window and both panels slide back and forth. Sliders are relatively inexpensive in comparison to other windows types, so they are a great choice for Humboldt Park window replacement on a budget.
The Best U-Factor and SHGC for Energy Efficient Humboldt Park Replacement Windows
When shopping for replacement windows in Humboldt Park, an area in Chicago, it is extremely important to purchase windows (and doors) with the correct u-factor and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) as rated by Energy Star.
Energy Star determines the u-factor and SHGC that will give you the most energy efficienct replacement windows, skylights, and doors based on Humboldt Park's climate zone.
The climate zone assigned to Humboldt Park and the zip codes within it - including zip codes '60612', '60624', '60639', '60647', '60651' - takes into account how extreme the seasons are in Humboldt Park . How warm and cold it gets in Chicago determines how well your new windows will need to keep out the cold air and the hot sun.
Below, you will find a table with the climate zones and corresponding u-factor and SHGC ratings for Humboldt Park, your neighbohood within the city of Chicago
The climate zone, u-factor and SHGC listed for your zip code and town in the Chicago, area will help you to determine which replacement windows, skylights, and doors will maximize energy savings for your home.
To find the Energy Star recommended u-factor and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) for your home in the , area, simply do the following:
- Find your neighborhood and zip code in the left most column.
- Find your climate zone in the orange box to the right of the column with your neighborhood's name and zip code.
- Under the orange box with your climate zone, find the dark grey box with the product you are looking for - window replacements, new doors, or skylights.
- Under the product type, you will find the best u-factor and shgc as determined by Energy Star.
- When getting quotes from contractors, be sure that your window replacements, new skylights, and/or replacement doors have these ratings to maximize energy efficiency in your home.
|Neighborhoods and Zip Codes||Energy Star Ratings|
|Cook County IL||Northern Climate Zone|
|0.30 or less||0.00 or more|
|0.31||0.35 or more|
|0.32||0.40 or more|
|0.50 or less||Any|
|Solid Doors (No Glass)|
|0.17 or less||No Rating|
|Doors with Less than Half Glass|
|0.25 or less||0.25 or less|
|Doors with More than Half Glass|
|0.30 or less||0.40 or less|