Four Reasons to Love Picture Windows

 

It’s a little counterintuitive.

Windows that don’t open? What’s the point?

Picture windows are more of an artistic display than a functional, traditional window. They have no moving parts and, therefore, don’t open or close.

But believe it or not, this window style has some seriously appealing benefits. Here are four big reasons picture windows could be just the thing your home needs.

 

1. Lots of Natural Lighting

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Picture windows can be installed almost anywhere, filling otherwise dark rooms with mood-boosting, energy-saving, bright natural light.

With a variety of sizes and shapes, these windows are more versatile than most; but don’t worry about any negative implications of sunlight, such as stained furniture or rising temps, with our LOĒ³-340 glass.

2. Money Savings

Who needs to turn lights on when there’s so much natural light filling the room? With tightly sealed edges in conjunction with our LOĒ³-340 glass, energy savings can be expected as well.

Aside from that, there are no moving parts at risk of breaking and needing replacement; this also means picture windows typically cost less than that similarly-sized, moving windows.

3. The Views!

Picture windows can become the main focus of a room, or even your entire home. If you have a stunning backyard, view, or just want to capture the natural beauty of the sky, picture windows make it easy to frame it like art.

Not to mention these windows can make your home look bigger altogether, as the lighting and views give the illusion of more space.

4. Durability and Minimal Maintenance

 

Without the constant motion of opening and closing, picture windows have a tendency to remain intact for longer than traditional windows.

But because these windows are such a focal point in the home, it’s important to keep them clean and sparkling. Otherwise, maintenance is a breeze.

XO Windows: Picture Perfect Windows

Picture windows can give your home the look you’ve always dreamed of. If you’re interested in these artistic windows, we are thrilled to help you find the perfect ones for your home.

Give us a call today.

 

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Replacing That Broken Window: An Investment Worth Making

Accidents happen; sometimes, a broken or shattered window may be the result. And while replacements may not always be cheap, taking care of that cracked or shattered window will actually save you money in the long run.

Energy Waste

Arizona temperatures are known for rocketing into the triple digits. To combat equally high energy bills, energy efficient windows keep cool air sealed in and hot air out. With broken, cracked, or even inefficient windows, your home will be uncomfortable and your energy bills will continue to be high.

South and west-facing windows are particularly vulnerable to the intense sun, and will be the most important to replace.

Your Home’s Value

If selling your home is a possibility in the near future, a broken window could have a drastic effect on the value of your home. What could have easily been replaced for under a few hundred dollars could end up affecting the amount of money you receive for your home by a couple thousand. Appearance is everything in the buying and selling market of a home, and a broken window sticks out like a sore thumb—having the ability to change a potential buyer’s opinion before they even call a realtor.

Safety

Besides the money wasted on your monthly energy bills, broken windows always bring the risk of a serious injury. A home with children or pets particularly can’t afford the risk of a fall or cut from shattered or weakened glass. Not only is this dangerous to those who live in the home, but a visit to the emergency room or doctor’s office will not be a cheap outcome.

Waiting to replace a window with broken glass also puts your home interior at risk of damage and break-ins. Outside weather can quickly damage your walls, floors, and furniture, and a broken window is an easy-in for intruders.

Keep Your Home Safe, Its Value High, and Your Energy Bills Low

Whether a window is shattered, or simply inefficient, it’s time for a replacement. You can’t afford the expensive consequences of a damaged window.

At XO Windows, we have a wide selection of energy efficient windows to fit your home and your budget. We’ll help you through every step of the process, until your home is safe and efficient again.

Contact us today for more information on replacing your windows.

Protect Your Home From UV Rays This Summer With New Windows

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When it comes to shielding ourselves from the sun’s harmful rays, we probably already know to take proper precautions by wearing sunscreen, using protective eye wear, and limiting our exposure, especially during bright, sultry days.

Although the outdoors do pose a significant risk for you and your family due to direct contact, researchers have recently discovered that even indoor living spaces are not exempt from the effects of sun exposure.

Ultraviolet Rays and Their Health-Related Risks

The sun’s light and heat are directed to Earth in the form of radioactive UV (ultraviolet) rays. It’s no surprise that natural radiation contained in sunlight, although necessary to maintain life on this planet, can cause serious health issues, including skin cancer.

The sun emits several types of UV rays. Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays are typically responsible for sunburns. These rays are much more powerful during the summer than at other times of the year, so it’s crucial to take extra protective measures during these months. Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays, although not quite as intense as UVB rays, possess a remarkable ability to permeate surfaces, thus providing Earth with approximately 95 percent of ultraviolet radiation.

The Problem with UVA Rays and Their Impact on Home and Health

Unlike UVB rays, which are successfully halted by traditional windows at the get-go, UVA rays penetrate your windows and travel directly into your living space. Aside from the more obvious health risks, the infiltration of UV rays can also cause permanent damage to your home’s interior.

Your walls, flooring, curtains, and other delicate furnishings are susceptible to significant fading that increases exponentially over time. Laminate, wood and vinyl plank flooring can also shrink, warp and buckle when repeatedly exposed to direct sunlight. Therefore, for both personal and safety reasons, it’s important to take action to keep your home a “safe zone.”

Bringing It Home

Although sunscreen offers an effective barrier, the very thought of slathering it on before draining your morning cup of coffee can be a bit disheartening. Of course, we might consider purchasing room-darkening shades and other sun-blocking window treatments that will shield us from the sun, but living “in the dark” (literally) can prompt problems of its own. A practical solution is to modify the window itself in order to protect your home from damaging UV rays.

Modern Options for Windows That Work

Thankfully, new windows offer protective, UV-banning benefits, making them a wise investment for so many valuable reasons. Aside from their sun-shielding properties, today’s windows are far more energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly than the models of yesteryear. Instead of exclusively blocking UVB rays, today’s windows shield against all types of UV rays.

The most effective UV-blocking windows have special coatings in the glass, which screen out almost all of the sun’s harmful rays. LoĒ³-340 glass can’t be matched when it comes to reducing solar heat gain and shielding you from the sun’s UV rays, blocking 98% of UV radiation while also providing glare control and cooler glass temperatures.

Reflective and tinted glass, while not as effective as coated glass, are better alternatives than traditional glass windows, each slashing the UV infiltration by approximately one-half.

A Dynamic Partnership: How XO Windows Can Help Protect Your Home and Family

If you’re on the fence about purchasing new windows for your home, the experts at XO Windows will gladly offer detailed feedback and targeted advice to assist you every step of the way. The professionals at XO Windows will carefully evaluate your home absolutely free of charge in order to suggest only the most targeted, effective solutions for your unique living spaces.

We proudly market Energy-Star Certified windows, so you can rest assured that you’re purchasing the best, most-qualified windows available on the market today.

Contact us to schedule your free consultation, and together, we will work to create a healthier, more environmentally-safe home for generations to come.

Read more about our LOĒ³-340 glass.

 

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3 Reasons Why Vinyl Windows are a Great Choice for Arizona

Here in the Southwest, we have a unique climate and landscape that requires smart choices when it comes to building materials. Between the blistering heat, low humidity and intense sun exposure, our climate makes vinyl windows a great choice for homeowners and builders.

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Here’s why…

 

1.  Vinyl Windows Can Save You Money

If you’re looking for a way to decrease your energy bills, vinyl windows are for you; the increased insulation they provide makes them an ideal choice. Vinyl windows are on average about 20% more energy efficient than aluminum or other commonly used windows.

Here in the desert we see soaring temperatures in the summer and cool, sometimes freezing, nights during the winter. Vinyl windows can help maintain the comfortable temperate you’ve worked hard to create in your home. Vinyl windows are welded together, creating an airtight seal and decreasing dust and air that might slip in. UV inhibitors give you added protection from Arizona’s scorching sun.

On top of energy efficiency, vinyl windows can also increase the value of your home.  Their ROI makes them a great economical choice now and in the long run.

2.  They Look Great

Vinyl windows can not only save you money, but they look great as well. They are made mostly of a plastic known as Polyvinyl Chloride, or PVC. PVC windows can be molded to fit any home, which is helpful here in the Southwest where there are a variety of architectural designs and home styles.

Vinyl windows can also be made available in a wide range of colors, shapes and styles.  Their ability to be customized makes it easy to find the perfect fit for your home.

3.  They Require Little to No Maintenance

Vinyl is extremely easy to clean and requires very little routine maintenance. Vinyl can provide the appearance of wood without the threat of termites or other infestations, and they won’t rust, fade, crack or warp. They are also good for noise reduction. Easy to use and easy to clean, vinyl windows are a great choice for the Southwest.

XO Windows has a variety of different types of vinyl windows including horizontal sliding windows, single hung windows, picture windows and casement and awning windows.

Contact the professionals at XO Windows today to see if vinyl windows are right for you! 

Can Energy-Efficient Insulating Windows Really Save You Money?

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There are a lot of “quick fixes” out there, like caulking and weatherstripping, that promise to improve your windows’ insulation and reduce air leakage.  But the reality is, these are not long-term solutions and they rarely do much to make a noticeable difference in your heating and cooling costs.

If your home has old or inefficient windows, you may be wondering  ̶  should I purchase energy-efficient replacement windows?  Will they help me save on energy costs? Will my investment pay off in the long run?  What do all the ratings mean, and what windows should I consider?

XO Windows is Arizona’s largest window distributor, and we’ve got the answers. Keep reading to find out how our new MI EnergyCore™ windows can help you lower your energy bills and keep your home more comfortable.

First, What do All Those Ratings Mean?

Understanding performance ratings is the first step to knowing what type of windows are best for your home and climate. In Arizona, we have the challenge of keeping a home cool and comfortable despite extreme heat and high solar radiation.

Here are some terms you should know:

U-factor:  A window’s U-factor measures the amount of heat transfer, making it a marker of the window’s insulation. The range is usually between 0.25 and 1.25; the lower the number, the more energy efficient the window.

Performance Grade:  The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) gives this numeric rating, which defines the overall performance of a product.

R-value:  The R-value measures thermal resistance; it refers to how much a window resists heat conduction.  A high R-value indicates a more energy-efficient window.

What Makes a Window Energy Efficient?

There are several factors that make a window more or less energy efficient; these include:

The frame can affect the window’s resistance to heat conduction and is typically wood, fiberglass, aluminum or PVC.

The glass works to absorb solar radiation; reflective coatings or glazing filter out heat. Double- or triple-paned glass is more energy efficient than single-paned windows.

The design can be based on the window’s shape and orientation, climate, style, security and functionality. Windows designed with insulating factors and quality construction in mind will make the window more resistant to water and air penetration.

Save Money with MI EnergyCore Windows

For consumers who want stylish windows, maximum performance and optimal energy efficiency, the MI EnergyCore Window System can’t be beat. Let’s take a look at what these windows provide in terms of energy efficiency:

MI EnergyCore windows are manufactured with patented AirCell™ PVC frame technology, which provides multiple air and water barriers. This frame blocks thermal conductivity better than any other material  ̶  3 times more than wood, 4 times more than rigid PVC and 6 times more than fiberglass.  The frame supports many residential window sizes and styles.

Along with an energy-efficient frame, TMAX™ Insulating Glass is argon-filled and triple-paned. The extra barriers to heat transfer gives it a superior thermal performance, and improved sound control reduces noise.

The design is engineered to provide multiple air/water barriers such as improved weatherstripping,  interlocking meeting rails and maximum draining sills, which all help keep your home dry.

All MI EnergyCore windows have an AAMA Performance Grade of at least 40.

The windows have an R-value of 5 and U-factor of 0.2, exceeding ENERGY STAR® standards and placing them in the top tier of energy-efficient windows available today.

What Does this Mean for You?

MI EnergyCore insulating windows have been proven to reduce heat loss by 30-40%, and your energy bill will reflect those numbers. The more heat you can keep IN your home in the winter, and OUT of your home in the summer, the less you have to pay at the end of the month.

When these award-winning windows are properly installed, they can truly help maximize your home’s performance and comfort and minimize your heating and cooling costs.

If you’re ready to make your home more energy efficient, contact XO Windows to find out if MI EnergyCore windows are right for you.

Securing Windows for Arizona Monsoon Season

The sky grows darker as clouds begin to populate the sky, a subtle warning of the storm that’s soon to follow. Gradually, the wind picks up and humidity seems to increase, making the Phoenix valley feel almost tropical. The combination of moisture in the air and sweltering heat seems surreal for Arizona, where dry heat dominates the summer and humidity is almost unheard of. Time to close those windows!

If you’ve ever experienced a summer in the valley, you’re all too familiar with this scenario. Chances are, there’s a monsoon on the way! Monsoons in Arizona are usually accompanied by an enormous cloud of dust called a haboob, often spreading across the length of the entire valley and reaching heights taller than 5,000ft!

These dust storms aren’t just an inconvenience when you’re trying to drive home on the freeway with limited visibility, but they can also be a health concern to you and your family. They kick up a huge amount of dust and pollen which is sucked up into air conditioning vents and spread throughout your home. Those dust particles can carry harmful bacteria that can cause allergic reactions. Not only that, but Arizona monsoons tend to cover everything exposed to them in a thin layer of dust!

So what options do you have to minimize the damaging effects of these summer storms? One option is to ensure that your windows are up-to-date and properly sealed. Intense monsoon winds, dust, and heavy rain will test the durability of those replacement windows like nothing else. Follow these steps to properly secure your windows in preparation for the next big storm.

Replace or Repair Windows with Seal Failure

Before taking drastic measures like purchasing new replacement windows, do a quick walkthrough to identify energy inefficient windows around the house. Windows in need of replacement will be poor insulators as a result of frame deterioration or poor sealing. Typically, these windows are beyond repair and are a sign that you should start researching replacement windows.

While shopping for replacement windows, keep in mind that if  your home’s old enough to have single-pane windows, it’s probably a good idea to ditch them for some double- or triple-paned windows that will be more efficient insulators.

Contact your local window providers to see whether triple-paned windows will offer you any additional benefit over double-paned options in your area. If you’re a Phoenix resident, triple-pane windows might not be worth the extra cost, given the exceptionally warm climate. The benefits of triple-pane replacement windows are much more apparent in cold weather climates.

Replace Windows with Warped or Deteriorated Frames

Just because the window glass is intact doesn’t mean that those are energy efficient windows. Have you checked the frame? Improper sealing can cause serious structural damage to your window frames and the area of the house surrounding the affected area. If you have a warped or deteriorated frame on your hands, you can bet that moisture build-up is sure to follow.

By this time, it’s usually too late to repair the windows and they should probably be replaced, especially if they’re wooden frames. Once deterioration sets in, it’s basically impossible to reverse. The soft, warped wood will continue to collect moisture until the constant draft becomes so unbearable to residents that they’re forced to purchase replacement windows.

Clear Debris

Over time, leaves, dirt, dead insects and other debris builds up in the window tracks. After too much build-up, the windows become hard to close and require some cleaning. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove the dust and debris.

While you’re at it, double check that the weep hole is clear. The weep hole is a small on the exterior side of the track that allows water to drip outdoors instead of inside. Not only will your windows function better and close properly, they look a lot nicer when they’re clean!

Seal Leaks with Caulking

During the inspection of your home’s windows, you may find that some of the existing caulking has eroded or cracked away. This is a pretty good sign that you’ve got a leaky window on your hands. If you also feel a draft coming from the same place, you can be certain that there’s a leak. Leaks are a small problem and aren’t usually cause for replacement windows.

Caulking is a sealant that’s available at most home improvement stores which is inexpensive and easy to apply. After clearing away debris and old, cracked caulking, you can go ahead and apply a fresh line to the unsealed area. Be sure not to apply new caulking over old caulking that has cracked. Remove it and apply a fresh layer of polyurethane caulking instead, since it’s better at preventing moisture than acrylic or latex caulking.

Conclusion

As a Phoenix valley resident, you should have a decent understanding of the extreme weather conditions that we regularly experience as well as a firm grasp on how to protect yourself and your property from those conditions. Replacement windows can significantly improve the interior comfort level of your home by keeping the bad weather out of your living space.

To learn why you need energy efficient windows in the Phoenix Summer, Click Here.

Triple-Pane Replacement Windows: Why You Want Them

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Multi-paned window glazing has been around for nearly one hundred years, ever since Edward Libbey and Michael Owens invented the double-glazed window glass back in the 1930’s at their glass company in Teledo, Ohio. Libbey and Owens recognized the potential impact that double-paned glass could have on the average consumer. The greater energy efficiency and increased comfort that’s afforded by double-glazing replacement windows would soon become a widely sought-after commodity for the average consumer.

The new invention catapulted the home window industry to new heights as businesses were established nationwide to meet demand. Proactive research into new replacement window materials and features became commonplace as industry entrepreneurs began to compete more aggressively with each other, each dedicated to establishing the next trend.

Triple-paned windows are similar to double-paned windows in almost every regard but they differ in a few key places. For example, since triple-glazed glass has three window panes, insulating glass such as argon can fill the space between the middle and inner window pane as well as the space between the middle and outer pane, doubling the amount of inert gas within the window. These inert gases are great insulators, reflecting heat from your home and increasing energy efficiency.

Benefits

It doesn’t get much better than this; triple-paned replacement windows utilize the most contemporary glass technologies to increase comfort and security while nearly eliminating condensation and aggravating noise. Here’s a breakdown of some of the benefits that triple-pane windows have to offer.

Insulation

The insulating ability of triple-pane windows is probably the most significant advantage that they have over double-pane windows . Triple-pane replacement windows are especially good at preventing heat penetration in places with exceptionally warm climates like Phoenix, AZ.

Triple-paned windows have an extra layer of glass compared to their double-paned counterparts, providing two additional surfaces that low-emissivity coating can be applied to. This is an especially notable benefit for Arizona residents, since the extra layer of low-E can have a drastic effect on preventing radiant thermal heat from the outside.

Condensation

Condensation occurs when air comes into contact with a surface much cooler than it. The cool surface chills the air that it’s interacting with; if the dew point is reached during this interaction, condensation forms upon the surface of the glass. Triple-glazed windows tend to attract little to no condensation as a result of their inherent energy efficiency.

Noise

Triple-pane replacement windows are naturally good noise insulators. The third pane of glass and extra space between panes blocks out noise from the outside world and dampers noise from inside the house, increasing privacy for its residents.

Security

Three layers of glass are stronger than two! Triple pane windows are far from unbreakable but the extra pane naturally provides an extra layer of security. Not only are these windows harder to break, but the locking mechanisms found on triple-pane replacement windows tend to be of a higher quality than those found on double-glazed windows of a similar style.

Drawbacks

Cost

Triple-pane replacement windows can cost as much as 40% more than double-paned windows of the same make and quality. Triple-pane windows will make up this added cost over the course of their lifetime in energy savings but realistically, this might not happen within the lifetime of the windows. To a large extent, this is dependent upon the climate, since triple-glazed windows will be more effective at conserving energy in climates with extreme temperatures like here in the Phoenix valley.

Weight

The weight of your triple-pane replacement windows should be a primary consideration before making a commitment to purchase them. That extra pane can weigh as much as 50 lbs. more than a similar, dual-paned model. Not only that, triple-paned windows are thicker so you must ensure that the window frames can accommodate them.

Additional Considerations

We pointed out that the higher price point is a disadvantage of triple-glazed windows but the added cost should really be thought of more as an investment than an excessive or needless expenditure. Triple-paned replacement windows add a level of comfort, security, and energy efficiency that double-paned windows just aren’t capable of producing. Of course, it’s always best to get a second opinion from your local Arizona window installer, who will have a better understanding of just how beneficial triple-glazed replacement windows can be for the type of climate that your reside in.

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Energy Efficient Windows – How to Tell if You have a Leak

Living in the dry desert, window leakage may not seem like the type of thing that the average Phoenix, Arizona resident should have to worry about. It’s warm year-round and it rarely rains; why worry about maintaining energy efficient windows?

A substantial portion of your electricity bill each month goes toward heating and/or cooling your house, depending on the time of year. If there was a simple way to cut your energy bill by 20-30%, you’d probably want to hear some more about making that happen. Well, doing a quick walkthrough inspection of the windows throughout your home could actually give you some insight into how to make that a reality.

Simply identifying the energy inefficient windows throughout your home and taking steps to replace them can have a dramatic impact on your household carbon footprint. Some of the following questions may come to mind:
What are some things that cause window leakage?
How do I check my household for them?
What can I do to prevent leaky windows in the future?

Causes

Many common mistakes can be made throughout the installation process to cause window leakage. The three primary forces, that cause otherwise reliable, well-built windows to leak, are house design, installation, and maintenance.
Home improvement author, Kathy Price-Robinson has written that there are 9 causes for leaky windows; mistakes that are made during the design, installation, or maintenance stages of your window’s lifespan that can reduce the energy efficiency of the household.

1. Complex Window Layout with No Overhang
• Overhangs provide shade, block sunlight, but they also prevent wind-driven rainwater from pushing into the walls through the windows.

2. Angled Fascia

• A fascia is a board or band situated above a window. Angled inward, the fascia will direct running rainwater towards the house.

3. Poorly Installed Flashing

• Flashing is a material installed around the periphery of windows to waterproof them. Well-installed flashing tape is usually continuous, leaving now holes or overlapping material that might allow water to seep in through.

4. Misuse of Materials

• Some contractors have been known to use house wrap or building paper instead of special flashing tape. This can have consequences at a later time since house wrap is generally a less robust material more prone to ripping or tearing.

5. No Flashing

• Neglecting to use any type of material for flashing is a costly mistake which will inevitably cause you a headache down the road when leakage becomes an issue.

6. Inadequate Assembly

• Having an incomplete seal or leaving cracks between the caulking is a evidence of an inadequate installation.

7. No Shingles

• ‘Shingling’ not only refers to the process of adding shingles to your roof, but can also describe the layering of materials atop others to prevent potential fluid leakage.

8. Cracked Glazing Putty

• Best fixed by tearing out the glazing and refinishing it.

9. Lack of a Paint Seal

• It sounds counterintuitive, but the paint around your windows should actually slightly overlap the glass itself to create a slight paint seal.

For a more in-depth analysis into what causes leaky windows with descriptive photos, please see 9 Causes for Leaky Windows.

Checking

Checking for leaky windows is super simple and can be even easier if you know what you’re looking for. Energy efficient windows can’t exist without proper maintenance, and occasionally checking windows for inefficiencies is a part of the maintenance process. Here are some common methods:

Candle Trick
 -Use the common ‘match trick’ to test for drafts. Simply hold a candle or a match a few inches from the window and keep an eye on the flame for stuttering. It may be difficult to see or feel a cool draft in Phoenix, Arizona, but if you do, the window is probably improperly sealed. A fluttering curtain or blind can be a dead giveaway that the window has a sealant problem.

Condensation Relief- Condensation build-up on the window or in between window panes is a troublesome sign that should be dealt with as soon as possible. The excess moisture could be causing problems to the wood around the window.

Clearing a Blocked Weep Hole – A weep hole is a tiny hole typically found near the bottom of a window that drains moisture from between panes. Over time, the weep hole can be blocked by dust or debris, causing moisture to build up. Simply using a vacuum to clean out the window tracks is an easy fix to blocked weep holes.

Fixes

In most cases, repairing and replacing windows is better left to the professionals. But here are some quick and inexpensive sealing solutions that any DIYer can use to properly seal their windows.

Stripping and Film – Self-adhesive foam weather stripping can be easily installed along the interior edges of a window to create a simple seal. Additionally, clear plastic window film can stretched over the frame,

Window Insulator Kit
 – Another simple solution is to purchase the Window Insulator Kit, a clear, plastic material that is applied with double-sided tape, creating a makeshift seal.

Expanding Foam
 – Foam and silicone can be quickly used to fill holes or gaps. A product called Great Stuff is an expanding foam sealant that dries quickly after being applied, leaving no room for gaps.

Use this page as a guide for your DIY home window replacement project. Your local window provider will have the experience to assist you in the installation process and a solid understanding of your local environment. Let the Phoenix window professionals be your go-to consultant when it comes to installing energy efficient windows. After all, energy efficient windows can only be energy efficient if they are properly designed, installed, and maintained.

Why You Need Energy Efficient Windows in the Phoenix Summer

It’s that time of the year again in Phoenix, Arizona! That’s right, time to reevaluate your home for energy efficient windows. We’ve suffered through a few weeks of something I like to call the “Daily Scorcher,” and it’s only getting more brutal as the summer goes on. And we’ve all experienced the agony of accidental skin-to-metal contact after returning to a vehicle that’s been baking in the parking lot at 115 degrees all afternoon. Attempting to safely drive a vehicle back home when the steering wheel is threatening your fingers with lifelong burn scars is nothing new to your average Phoenician.

These aren’t just off-the-cuff anecdotes, but authentic realities experienced daily by Valley residents. To express it succinctly, it’s annoying. After a full day of passively battling the sun gods, the last thing you want to come home to is a house that’s been permeated by the taint of swelter.

This is exactly why owning energy efficient windows in the Southwest is so important. It’s so warm every day that even a seemingly negligible window leak can cause gross discomfort throughout your home all summer long. When it comes to identifying energy efficient windows in Phoenix, AZ, insulation and deterioration are two key factors to consider.
Poorly insulated windows not only leak heat but can cause moisture build-up and unnecessary noise pollution. And windows greater than ten years old should be serviced to identify points of vulnerability or forthcoming deterioration.

Why Energy Efficient Windows are Good for You

Insulation – So often a tertiary consideration behind the aesthetic appeal and the cost of the window itself, the cost of heating and cooling a Phoenix home is a direct result of the insulation of the window itself. Heating and cooling costs should be considered with a higher priority when choosing replacement windows. Properly insulated windows will minimize the effect on your energy bill.

Energy Star Compliance – Your windows are your protection from the elements and, similar to how you choose what to wear depending on the climate you happen to be in, so should you choose windows that harmonize with your climate. Energy Star performance criteria is based on a domestic climate zone graph which makes window recommendations based on which climate zone you reside in.

UV Protection – What do your baseball cap and hardwood floors have in common? Well, the colors of both tend to fade in direct sunlight as a result of the sun’s UV radiation. To minimize the effects of fading, some manufacturers use the Krochmann Damage Function to estimate the fabric-fading potential of your windows.

You should always do some research before making a significant home improvement purchase. But regardless of how much information you find in your personal research online, the experts are always going to know the best way to install the correct windows in your Arizona home. This is because the vast majority of window replacement and repair tips online aren’t region-specific, and you really don’t need to be taking window replacement advice from an Alaskan. Much better to stick to the local talent when receiving expert advice about your home or improvement project. At XO Windows, we employ an expert team of professionals familiar with our unique desert climate, ready to answer any question you throw our way.

Fill out our Free Estimate form or call us at (602) 499-4556 today!

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Install the Correct Windows for Your Arizona Home

The Metropolitan Phoenix area is a unique place to live.  The scenery changes from cacti to evergreens within a few hours’ drive, the transplanted population creates deep diversity and the weather dictates everything from daily activities, to styles, to hobby choices.  The weather also affects the way houses are built in Arizona; the design and architecture are very different from others region.  What does this mean to you when you are shopping for new windows?

We know, like the good consumer you are, that you do your due diligence and research before you make a significant purchase.  Where are you going to do the majority of your research?  Online, of course!  But the web, usually an all encompassing research tool, isn’t going to serve you properly in this arena.  Because the majority of window installation and window repair tips and blogs you will find are not region specific.  In fact, the information you glean from them isn’t going to prepare and inform you properly regarding windows for your desert Phoenix home.

Did you just have an “ah-ha” moment?  XO Windows desires to be your window consultant and to help provide you with many of those moments and information that will help you with your window installation, retrofit or repair.  Here are 5 more tips that you might not have thought about.

1.  You live in an oven for two months in Arizona, so when you are looking at installing windows you really need to keep the summer  months in mind.  Saving energy is important, especially because installing the proper windows can save you 7-24% on your energy bills.  Look for ENERGY STAR certified windows.  These windows have a microscopic coating on the glass that helps reflect light and heat.  This coating also helps decrease the amount of heat flow through the window.

2.  Another great thing about shopping local for your windows is that you will be working with individuals who are experts in windows and in the region itself.  Also, many local window providers run specials and incentives that you can take advantage of; check in to their available warranties and window financing options to make sure that you get the best window for the best price.  When you are looking for a professional installer, a specific qualification you should search for is AAMA certified; these installers will produce the best results and are a consumers’ best choice.

3.  Arizona homeowners need to have double or even triple paned windows installed in their homes.  Single paned windows might cut it in San Diego or Miami, but not in Phoenix.  Most of Arizona’s homes do have at least double paned windows.  When you have double paned windows, sometimes moisture can gather in between the panes of glass, which is called “weeping windows.” If you have a windows that is displaying this, it could mean that the window needs to be replaced.

4.  Arizona is hot, hot, hot and then it pours sheets of rain for several days.  The long summers and then the monsoon and Haboob seasons create problems for soil, wood and seals.  When you consider that an estimated 10-25% of your utility costs leak out through ill-maintained or incorrectly installed windows, you will see that, specifically in a desert region, it is important to have the correct window installed properly.

5.  Another reason why XO Windows is the perfect Arizona window replacement and installer is because some of our windows are born and raised here in the desert.  So you know they are going to be region specific, match the typical Southwestern architectural style, and be prepared for the weather.  We strategically work with Solar Industries, Inc., a manufacturer out of Tucson, as well as other trusted and quality brands such as: MI Windows and Doors, JELD-WEN and Western Window Systems.

Arizona is a unique place to live, right down to the window panes in our homes.  With this helpful information, you will be sure to make correct, region-specific choices when your home or project needs new or replacement windows.