What is Egress?

What Is Egress?

One of the hardest parts of any project is knowing what codes apply and what needs to be done to meet them.  Egress requirements are a part of code and can be made even more complicated by the fact that each village, municipality or city can have different codes and standards.

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The most important thing that can be done is to use a reliable and trustworthy installation team and purchasing through an accredited dealer .  By doing this you’re setting up with experts whose job is to know the code and as part of the service will be taking care of it.

Put most simply, Egress means Escape. This means when a code sets out Egress Requirements it means the minimum conditions to allow escape in the event of an emergency.  Not all rooms, floors, homes have escape requirements for Replacement Windows and not all rooms and floors may have escape requirements for New Construction Projects.  The requirements can also vary from floor to floor!

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Certified installers & Dealers make all the difference when it comes to meeting code

In this article we are going to work off the national standard:

  • Net Opening:  5.7 square foot
  • Maximum Finished Sill Height of 44″ from the Floor
  • Minimum Width of Net Opening:  20 inches
  • Minimum Height of Net Opening: 24 inches

The key to understanding this is understanding ‘Net Opening’.  When an inspector looks at your window for an Egress inspection they want to see how much space is available in the case of emergency.  This doesn’t mean if the sashes are removed, it means if the window is opened normally – so in the case of Double Hung’s, for example, that can be a relatively limited space:

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The arrows show the total net-opening, which in an open Double Hung isn’t always that large.

The Net Width & Net Height are the measurements for the Net Opening – the sizes set are considered enough for a person to fit through in the case of emergency.

The best windows for reaching Egress are Casement and Hopper Windows.  The Casement windows can even be equipped with Egress Hardware – maximizing the opening available.  Below you can see the Hopper in its normal configuration – to meet Egress Requirements it comes without arms/hinges.

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The most important thing to remember is to have an expert do the measure and the work for you – they know the individual codes and how to pass an inspection.  One of the advantages of working with Climate Solutions is that we will always provide you with Net Opening information and work with your team to find solutions.

One solution is that we’ve recently introduced Simulated Dividers for our Casements that can give them the appearance of a Double Hung, for example.

A regular Casement and a Casement with Simulated Divider to mimic a Double Hung

A regular Casement and a Casement with Simulated Divider to mimic a Double Hung

For more information call our office 1.847.233.9800 or alternatively fill out our contact form.

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Why Vinyl Windows Are The Right Windows

Why Vinyl Windows?

At Climate Solutions Windows & Doors we manufacture Vinyl Windows and Doors because we truly believe it to be the best material for new construction and replacement windows.  Whether it’s for commercial or residential application read on to find out why Vinyl Windows and Doors are the best option for your project!

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energy-star-seal-high-res-1  1. Energy Efficiency

Vinyl Windows offer exceptional thermal performance and energy efficiency, in fact all Climate Solutions Windows & Doors can meet and exceed Energy Star standards.  What’s the big deal with Energy Efficiency?  Very simply it saves money on energy bills!  The vinyl has many chambers, which act as insulating pockets to help keep energy from transferring – something you can’t get with traditional wood windows.  Combine the super quality of our frames with the outstanding Low Emissivity Glass and you’ll see the true value of vinyl.

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Deceuninck 2. Quality

Not all vinyl is the same and there are inferior products out there.  For our vinyl windows we use only the best:  Deceuninck Sunshield® Vinyl.  The Sunshield® Technology has superior weatherability and performance to regular vinyl that is more commonly used by other manufacturers.  It’s one of the reasons we’re so happy to offer our Lifetime Warranty covering the vinyl because we know it won’t pit, rot, warp, peel or have any defects and it’s the best available.  Another advantage of vinyl and the multi-chambered profiles is that they can be designed to significantly reduce sound transmittance in the home / office.  Climate Solutions Windows are not just assembled in America, they are proudly Made In America.

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price-icon  3. Price

Vinyl Windows save you money not only on your household bills but it is also significantly less than Wood or Fiberglass Windows to purchase, saving you money twice.  For less money better energy efficiency and equal structural performance is available making window renewal an achievable home renovation that not only can save money but add value to a home.

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cs-color-wheel  4. Customization

Vinyl is an amazing material for its customization options.  The possibilities of painting, laminates, woodgrains and real woodgrain finishes are huge, including our Full Spectrum Color Lab™.  From custom shapes to custom colors, if you can envision it a Vinyl Window can be made of it.

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No Burning  5. Safety

Once your windows are installed you won’t want to worry about safety or have concerns about them being a fire hazard.  Firstly vinyl doesn’t splinter like wood, or have sharp edges that cut like aluminum.  It also has a unique and amazing quality that makes it as safe as possible in a fire, in that it cannot self-sustain a flame.  This means that without a constant source of ignition vinyl can’t burn, making a home with vinyl windows a safer home.

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Eco Friendly6. Environmentally Friendly

Vinyl is an easily recyclable material and production emits less Greenhouse Gases than comparable composites.  As recognition of its Eco-Friendly status, our vinyl manufacturer, Deceuninck North America has been recognized and is a member on the US Green Building Council.

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We hope this article has been helpful for you, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch by using our online contact form, or calling into our office on 1.847.233.9800!

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Low Emissivity Glass – Energy Efficient Options

Low Emissivity Glass

Low-E Glass

There are times it can be tough to make all the right decisions when ordering windows (one of the many reasons to makes rue you get the right contractor/installer). You’ve decided on what type of window you’re looking for, you know the grid pattern, the color, the series and then on top of that you’re asked what type of glass you want!  This article will help you answer this question and understand what  Low Emissivity glass is and how it is used.

Climate Solutions specializes in using Low Emissivity (Low-E) glass which has a coating on one surface of the glass that reduces energy transfer.  In layman’s terms  that low emissivity/energy transfer means it significantly reduces hot or cold transferring through the glass (and in or out of your home).

Low Emissivity

There are three main Low-E coatings we use, LoE-272, LoE-366 and i89 glass, all of which perform differently and can be combined to easily exceed Energy Star 2016.

First of all – the science behind it:  The sun gives out lots of Thermal radiation which is reflected by  the multiple layers of silver in the coating on the glass.  Simultaneously, longwave radiation from inside your house, for example radiators, flooring and even body heat, is prevented from escaping by the glass – this means your house keeps inside temperature consistent without letting the outside temperature influence it.

The benefit is clear – the less energy you lose through poor glazing the more efficient your home will be.  The more efficient your home, the lower your energy bills.  With Low-E Glass you can save up to 25% on your energy bills.

LoE Glass Types

What’s the difference between LoE-272, LoE-366 & i89?

LoE-272 and LoE-366 are soft coats that go on a surface that is inside the glass unit (so it can’t be touched).  The i89 is a hard coat that is on the interior surface of the window, the one that faces inside the home.  Because it is a specially formulated hard coating it is tough enough to be exposed, but it is only used in combination with the other types of glass – LoE-272/LoE-366.

In its simplest form it is down to the number of layers – LoE-272 has 8 layers in its coating, whilst LoE-366 has 12 layers.  These layers are what do the work of reflecting the heat all the while letting light into your home.  The glass with more layers, LoE-366 performs the best.

This is measured in three ways, that appear on your NFRC label – U-Factor (basically energy-efficiency – the lower the number the better), Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (how much of the sun’s heat gets through the window, the lower the number the better) and Visible Transmittance (how much light is obstructed by the window, the higher the number the better).

Energy Star®

Using LoE-272 will make an enormous difference compared to regular clear glass, or even hard-coat LowE products, but the clear winner is LoE-366.  Here you can see that LoE-366 is the only coated glass that performs to Energy Star standards in all climate conditions in the United States:

Energy Star Low-E Glass

To put it in practical terms – when it’s cold you’ll stay warmer and when It’s warm you’ll keep the cool in your house – here’s a table showing what the relative temperature difference will be using the LoE-366 glass:

Low-E Performance

If you have Southern or Western facing windows then we’d particularly recommend using LoE-366 because it will provide greater protection against the infrared heat rays from the sun.  Again, without using too much scientific terminology what does this mean for you?  Well, it will reduce the harmful effects of those rays and the benefits include less heat coming through and even protecting your furniture and fittings from light-fading.

To ensure that Energy Star is hit and exceeded the recommendation is pairing the LoE-366 and the i89 together – with this combination every Climate Solutions window and door is guaranteed to exceed Energy Star standards.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch via our online contact form or call in on 1.847.233.9800.

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Full Spectrum Color Lab™ – Custom Colors from Climate Solutions

Custom Colors with the Full Spectrum Color Lab™

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Once you have chosen which Climate Solutions vinyl window or door you are going to go with, whether it is the Tilt and Turn 6000 Series, the 7000 Series, the 8000 Series or our 9000 Series Patio Doors there are still a number of decisions to be made.

What makes Climate Solutions Windows and Doors unique is our ability to completely customize the windows and doors we manufacture to the exact specifications required.  This goes from the hardware to the glazing, from the dimensions to the screen types, but the option that has the biggest effect is the finish on the window itself.

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We offer a real-wood finish with our Paintable-Stainable range, giving all of the benefits of wood design while still getting the performance (and price) of a vinyl window.  For a simpler option there’s our range of laminated woodgrain finishes, which come in Light Oak, Dark Oak and Cherry.

Custom Colors

Unlike many manufacturers, we Climate Solutions are not limited by the colors we have an offer.  As well as house colors of White, Almond, Bronze, Coco, Royal Brown & Black we are also able to offer truly unlimited custom colors for exterior finishes.

Custom Colors

8000 Series Awning/Picture Window Multi-Units with Custom Color Exterior

Having the ability to match any color gives huge advantages, whether it’s because you’re only replacing some windows in an existing home or have strict association codes to keep to – as long as you have a sample we can match it.

Like all of our products and options, the Full Spectrum Color Lab is made with one message in mind – Full Quality that is Fully Customizable. We are here to make the vinyl windows and doors that you specify, not to fit a product around you.

For more information call the Climate Solutions office on 1.847.233.9800 or alternatively fill out our Online Contact Form.

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How To Choose The Right Window Installer

How To Choose The Right Window Installer

You’ve made a great first step and decided you want the superior quality that is guaranteed with Climate Solutions – but now to find a contractor or dealer to install them.  A 2014 survey by Angie’s List found that a staggering 50% of people were unhappy with their contractors – how can you avoid this and how to choose the right window installer?

How to choose the right window installer

It goes without saying that if you’re looking for honest, reliable and experienced installers we have a wealth of clients who we can put you in touch with; just head to our Contact Form and give us a few pieces of information.

6 Questions To Ask Your Installer

If, however you have someone already in mind or are looking to try a new contractor, here are the top 6 questions you should ask to help ensure you choose the right window installer:

How to choose the right window installer 1. Are you Licensed, Bonded & Insured?

This is really important – you want to make sure all work and your property are insured if there is an accident.  A licensed and bonded professional helps ensure that you’re more likely to be working with a reputable contractor and it also gives you more options for action if something does go wrong.

How to choose the right window installer 2. What is the schedule for the project?

It’s pretty obvious, but you need to know how long the project is going to take and what work/disruption it entails.  A good general contractor should be able to give you a detailed breakdown of what they are proposing to do and how long it should take.

How to choose the right window installer 3. Who will be carrying out the work?

Make sure you know who will actually be doing the work – how can you choose the right window installer if you don’t know who will be doing the work? Ask if they intend to subcontract, in which case find out who will be doing the work and check their credentials (see question 1). Back this up by asking for referrals and online research.  Do be  aware that review sites can be a good indicator but not a perfect reflection of a business.

estcalc 4. Is this a fixed quote or an estimate?

An estimate is exactly that – it is not a guarantee of the final price.  Any pricing should be confirmed in writing, in a contract.  Pricing itself may be a Fixed Proposal or it may be Time & Materials – depending on what you choose.

How to choose the right window installer 5. Will you take care of permits and meeting regulations?

A big part of any project is ensuring they hit all of the appropriate codes and regulations – remember there isn’t a universal set of rules – they will vary depending on where you live!  Navigating the minefield that can be permits is often very daunting for a homeowner and it is one of the many ways a real professional can help and should be a high priority in choosing the right window installer.

How to choose the right window installer  6. What paperwork will I get upon completion?

Whether it is liens, warranties or checklists of work completed, it’s important to know what you will receive once the project has been finished.  This documentation is key because it is a record of what has been done and may be necessary as proof of work done.

How to choose the right window installer

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Following these six easy steps will show you how to choose the right window installer and make the whole process a little less stressful!

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Windows & Doors In The Winter

Winter is most definitely here! In Chicago we’ve got snow, the temperatures are dropping and now is the time of year that certain homeowner concerns tend to crop up – namely the cold and window condensation.

Here are two amazing documents that you can read and download that give plenty of information on the causes and cures for condensation:

Condensation Fact Sheet

Cardinal Fact Sheet

Condensation

Condensation

Condensation isn’t caused by windows, but they often get the blame! Condensation is caused by humidity and temperature combining to hit  a ‘dew-point’ which is the moment when moisture in the air forms into water.  By following the instructions on the two fact sheets condensation can be radically reduced if not eliminated completely.


Control the heat, control the humidity and control the air circulation and you will be controlling the condensation!


Don’t let the winter blues get to you – keep your home warm and insulated with Climate Solutions Windows & Doors.  Condensation is controllable with minimal adjustments that well ensure you have a dry and healthy home.

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All Climate Solutions Vinyl Windows & Doors are energy efficient, using our CS Ultra Spacer and Low-E glass technology to help save up to 25% on your energy bills.  For more information, or if you are looking for dealer or contractor please get in touch here!

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Holiday Opening Hours

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Holiday Hours

Climate Solutions Windows & Doors office and factory will observe the following hours through the holiday week:

Saturday 24th December (Christmas Eve)  – 7am – 10am
Sunday 25th December (Christmas Day) – Closed
Monday 26th DecemberClosed
Tuesday 27th December7am – 3.30pm
Wednesday 28th December7am – 3.30pm
Thursday 29th December7am –  3.30pm
Friday 30th December7am – 3.30pm
Saturday 31st December (New Year’s Eve) – 7am – 10am
Sunday 1st January (New Year’s Day) – Closed
Monday 2nd JanuaryClosed

Normal hours resume January 3rd 2017.

Please be aware no deliveries/services will be scheduled 12/24/16 thru 1/2/17.

As always, any questions call  our office on 1-847-233-9800 or email us at info@climatesolutionscorp.com.

We appreciate your business and wish everyone a Happy Holidays!

From all at Climate Solutions

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Introducing the Revolutionary FlexScreen

FlexScreen

Screens have never been the most exciting window feature. They serve an obvious purpose but never seem to do much more than that, at least up until now. We are excited to introduce the revolutionary FlexScreen upgrade option on all of our 7000 & 8000 Series windows (standard on hopper windows).  Named “Most innovative window component” by Window & Door Magazine, the FlexScreen design features a PVC coated, high performance spring steel frame. The frame is sturdy and tested to withstand a fall from 5 stories. The beauty of its design is its simplicity. Simply hold the screen in your hands… bend the sides in… and fit FlexScreen into your screen track. FlexScreen hides in the window screen pocket, drastically improving sight lines and eliminating the need for color matching. Your windows will never look or feel better.

Call your Climate Solutions rep for more information today on 1-847-233-9800 or use our Online Contact Form.

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Introducing the Launch of Our New Climate Solutions Website

Climate Solutions Website

Climate Solutions Website

If you have been to the Climate Solutions website recently you may have noticed a few changes. We are excited to announce the launch of our new website with more features and portals to help you with all of your business needs. Click on the above image or visit www.cswindows.com to see the brand new site. Check out the “Windows & Doors” section where you will find our entire product lineup with all available features and options. We will continue to update the site with more tools as they become available.

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AWDI Certification Class Completed

Thanks again to everyone that came out to Climate Solutions‘ first AWDI Certification Class of 2016. Due to the positiveAWDI Certificatione feedback we will be working on offering a future class this year and will keep everyone posted on the final details. For those of you that attended the class we wish all of you a great 2nd half to the 2016 season and hope that the AWDI certification helps you in your continued success.

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