Lee's Summit Window Replacement
Lee's Summit window replacement is a type of product that can be a little difficult to shop for, just because there are so many different options for you to pick from when you're trying to purchase a Missouri window set, especially when it comes to the energy efficiency requirements. These energy codes are going to vary according to the zone of the United States in which you live, so be sure that you understand what you're purchasing. You don't want to purchase replacement frames that are going to be far more energy efficient than you need for your area of the country, for example.
Going Beyond the Minimum Numbers
Now, that doesn't mean that you should never exceed the minimum numbers with your Lee's Summit window replacement products. The energy code requirements that you'll be quoted as part of the Energy Star program are only going to give you the most basic coverage for your replacement products, and these minimum window energy savings options may not give you the features that you really want for your situation. Because Missouri is on the edge of two of the Energy Star's zones, it can be difficult to figure out just what options you want to use.
You may want energy efficiency settings in your Lee's Summit window replacement frames that will give you an above average feature set, for example. However, you want to be sure that you aren't going overboard with your purchase and the energy efficiency features that are available with the products. After all, there are some types of energy efficiency features that you can purchase as part of your window set that will not really provide you with an amount of energy savings that is going to allow you to recapture the amount of money that you're spending for the added features.
Understanding Window Climate Zones
The Energy Star efficiency ratings for all replacement window frames involve four different zones in the United States, including the Northern Zone, the North Central Zone, the South Central Zone, and the Southern Zone. Each of these climate zones will have different minimum requirements for your Lee's Summit window replacement products, so it's important to pay attention to the zone in which you're living. Lee's Summit is considered as part of the North Central Zone, but it's also close to the Northern Zone, so you'll want to consider products for both zones.
When you're looking at Lee's Summit window replacement products that will have minimum energy efficiency ratings for your particular zone, one of the numbers you're going to have to take a close look at is the U-factor measurement. This number is representative of the ability of a particular replacement frame to prevent heat from passing through the glass, either from the interior environment to the outside, or the other way around. Both of these are important considerations in this area of MO, where all four seasons of weather conditions are going to occur every year and window pane condensation could be a problem.
The U-factor number can tell you whether your Lee's Summit window replacement will work well in the winter time, as the glass with a lower U-factor number will do a better job of insulating the home, preventing the warm air that your furnace generates from leaking through the glass to the cold weather outdoors. The same thing occurs in reverse in the summer, as the cold air that's being circulated through your home by the air conditioning unit won't leak through the glass. In the Lee's Summit zone, you're going to want to have a U-factor that, at the minimum, is equal to or less than 0.32.
Finding Your Zone in MO
While most areas of Missouri are in the North Central Zone with Lee's Summit, a few portions of northern MO are considered to be in the Northern Zone. As Lee's Summit is a suburb of Kansas City, you should have quite a few options for finding manufacturers of Lee's Summit window replacement products who can serve both of these zones. Make sure that the manufacturer you select for your replacement window products knows exactly which zone applies to your home in Lee's Summit, as well as what types of U-factor measurements you want to use.
There are so many different options for U-factor measurements that can be helpful in terms of energy efficiency, that your Lee's Summit window replacement project will require some interesting choices. Lee's Summit is a city of more than 90,000 people, so there are plenty of manufacturers and installers of replacement products who will provide service in this area. Although you will have to make some interesting choices with your Lee's Summit window replacement work, they really shouldn't be difficult choices. Make sure the U-factor meets the minimum requirements to start the process.
Lee's Summit, Missouri U-Factor and SHGC Ratings
Use the u-factor and solar heat gain co-efficient (SHGC) tool below to search for your Missouri county's recommended window efficiency ratings.
Use our tool to search for the specific u-factor and SHGC for your county so that you are educated and have this information on hand in order to maximize the financial return on your new windows. Remember to research thoroughly prior to purchasing new windows, regardless of whether you are installing the windows yourself or having them installed by a licensed professional contractor.
If your county shows more than one u-factor and shgc combination, you may safely choose any combination. However, we recommend discussing the best option with a window replacement professional.