Getting Ready for Winter

Windows in the Winter

Winter House

Winter is  just around the corner! In Chicago the temperatures are dropping and  snow will be along any day.  With the cold and the time of year certain homeowner concerns 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.

The Three Main Factors of Condensation

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The lower the temperature the lower the dewpoint for moisture to form

 

 

humidityHumidity

As the temperature lowers outside it’s important to lower the humidity in the home.  If it gets to 20 below outside inside humidity should be lower than 15%.

 

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Air Circulation

Air circulation can stop condensation forming – think of the mirror in your bathroom after taking a shower – allow air to circulate and the condensation dissipates.

 


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 an authorized Climate Solutions partner please get in touch here!

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CS Ultra Spacer Window Spacer

What Is A Window Spacer?

When looking at what makes up a window there is often a focus on the material of the window itself.  This could be vinyl, fiberglass, aluminum or even the glass that goes in it.  Often forgotten yet crucial to that equation is the spacer.  This is the material that goes in between the glass panes to create an air space.

Spacer Diagram

CS Ultra Spacer in a Double Hung corner cut

Window Spacer

The CS Ultra Spacer® Foam Widow Spacer

Spacers can be made from many different materials.  When dual glazing was first conceived as far back as 1865, thick wood or rope were used to separate the panes with a thatch/tar sealant.  Since then aluminum and stainless steel have been used to create ‘box spacers’.  These were pieces of metal folded into an empty box shape that would sit between the panes.

Recent advances in technology have allowed for the development of a multi-polymer foam spacer which has phenomenal insulating performance.  These window spacers are known as Warm Edge spacers.

What’s Wrong With Metal Window Spacers?

Warm Edge CS Ultra Spacer®

From Cold Metal to Warm Foam – the CS Ultra Spacer® is a ‘Warm Edge’ Spacer

While undoubtedly an improvement on rope and tar, metal spacers are an old technology that allows the conduction of heat/cold and the possibility of condensation within an insulated glass unit.

CS Ultra Spacer vs Metal Spacer

It’s clear that the CS Ultra Spacer® outperforms the outdated Metal Spacers!

Another disadvantage of a metal window spacer is that it is extremely rigid and not suited to climates with a wide range of temperatures.  We manufacture out of Chicago, Illinois and our summers are scorching and our winters are brutal but the CS Ultra Spacer® stands up to it all.

Metal vs Foam

Metal Spacers are unable to move with temperature change leading to higher probability of seal failure

What Makes the CS Ultra Spacer® Different?

Climate Solutions is not the only company to use a foam window spacer but we are the only company using the CS Ultra Spacer®.  The combination of foam spacer, double strength glass and a Hot Butyl Melt secondary seal make a virtually impermeable barrier for your windows.  Stress cracks, rusted spacers and seal failure are a thing of the past which is why we offer a Lifetime Warranty on glass failure!

Foam Spacer

Here the CS Ultra Spacer ®process is shown, beginning with hand applying the foam spacer.

All Climate Solutions’ products feature the CS Ultra Spacer® as their spacing system.  Other benefits include a reduction in Sound Transmittance and a significant reduction in the likelihood of condensation.   For a healthier, more energy efficient home, it has to be the CS Ultra Spacer®.


Are you a Homeowner looking for Climate Solutions Windows & Doors?  Use this form to find CS Authorized Dealers in your area.

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Flex Screen – The Ultimate In Screen Technology

Flex Screen

What are the options with screens?  Half or Full, right?  Wrong – there is now the Flex Screen, a  full screen that is designed to fit into any channel and gives unlimited flexibility with customization.

Click the picture below to enlarge and find out more!

Flex Screen Points

There are many advantages to the Flex Screen!

The Flex Screen gives a larger viewing area, with no bulky frames blocking visibility.  It’s easy to use, easy to clean and best of all it is extremely durable.

What Windows Can Come With The Flex Screen?

All Hopper Windows come with the Flex Screen as standard.  On Double Hung and Slider Windows it is an optional upgrade.  The Flex Screen is a full screen.

Custom Colors

A common problem with custom colors is screens can chip when painted.  The Flex Screen eliminates this problem and can be used with any color window as it doesn’t have a visible frame.  This means any painted windows (except bronze or black) will automatically come with the Flex Screen!

Why Go Flex Screen?

It’s a unique product that has all the advantages of a full screen,, along with a strength and flexibility allowing it to be installed and removed as necessary.  Best of all it gives full viewing of the window by sitting within the screen pocket and no need for tiresome color matching!

For a full use guide, check out the Flex-Screen Full Guide!

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8000 Series Double Hung Vinyl Window

Climate Solutions 8000 Series Double Hung Vinyl Window

The double hung vinyl window is an American Classic; timeless and elegant.  Climate Solutions has been making premium quality windows for over a decade now and the 8000 Series is the culmination of those years of experience.

Double Hung Vinyl Window

 

Anatomy of the Window

As with all Climate Solutions products, the focus is on quality first – with all components made in the United States of America – meaning the window is truly Made In The USA, not just assembled here.  That includes the night-locks, the tilt-latches, even down to the weepholes and the sloped-sill.

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The 8000 Series Double Hung Vinyl Window, with all-American made components

Easy Cleaning

The Double Hung Vinyl Window has two sashes, that move vertically up and down.  For ease and convenience these sashes can be tilted in for cleaning – although they must be moved at least 3″ away from their closed position before titling.

Cleaning Double Hung Vinyl Window

To tilt the sashes simply activate the tilt-latches and lean the sash in.

Security & Locking

The Double Hung Vinyl Window also comes with Night-Locks for security – these allow the window to be open for ventilation without compromising security.

Night Latches

The Night Locks are operated simply from the inside.

The locks on a window are often ignored but in the 8000 Series we chose to use integrated locking hardware, which is recessed into the sash frame.  Not only does this give the tightest seal, it is an ultra-secure cam-lock meaning giving safety and peace of mind.

Recessed Lock

The 8000 Series Double Hung Vinyl Window features recessed and integrated locking components.

CS Ultra Spacer

All Climate Solutions windows feature our CS Ultra Spacer™ technology. This is our foam spacer, which gives superior performance to the more common metal spacer.  It has a secondary seal and features Hot Butyl Melt as an insulator and for barrier protection.

Foam Spacer

Here the CS Ultra Spacer process is shown, beginning with hand applying the foam spacer.

Sloped Sill & Accessories

A key ingredient in the success of the 8000 Series Double Hung is its sloped sill design, meaning excess water simply runs off. Other manufacturers may prefer the pocket sill, which is cheaper to produce but is simply out-performed by the sloped sill.

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Innergy Reinforcement, USDA Certified Insulating Foam, Flex Screen

For increased structural support there is the option of the Innergy® reinforcement, made from Rovex® Fiberglass composite it is stronger than steel and is thermally superior.

Another option is our Soy-Based Insulating Foam, the only USDA certified foam available on the market.  In the Double Hung this can make the difference between hitting Energy Star® 3.1 and missing it.

All 8000 Series Vinyl Double Hung Windows come with extruded aluminum half screens, as opposed to the cheaper roll form screens often favored by our competition.  The extruded aluminum half screens are heavy duty and designed to last a lifetime and can be upgraded to a full screen.  Another option is to go for the revolutionary Flex Screen, which will match any color finish and is robust and easy to install and remove as needed.

Summary of Features

  • Multi-chamber virgin-vinyl frame and sash
  • The CS Ultra Spacer™ foam spacing system for optimal efficiency and performance
  • Sloped sill design with built-in weep system ensuring water cannot build up
  • Constant-Force Balance System for easy operation
  • Night Locks
  • Easy-Clean Tilting Sashes
  • Precision made U-Direct Hardware

If you’re looking for a Climate Solutions authorized dealer get in touch with us through our contact page or alternatively call the office on 1.847.233.9800.

 

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What’s the difference between Bay and Bow Windows?

Bay and Bow Windows – What’s The Difference?

Bay and Bow Windows are one of the most popular options for a large opening – it adds depth to the interior and definition to the exterior.

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A 4-Lite Bow Window with Copper Roof

When considering a Bay/Bow the first question always asked is ‘What is the difference between Bay and Bow Windows?’

A Bay Window is typically made of 3 openings, with a picture window (fixed) in the center. Normally the angles of the opening are set at 15, 30 & 45 degrees – although custom angles are available.

3 Lite Bay

A classic 3-Lite Bay Window, with Casement Windows

A Bow Window can have numerous openings, typically from 3 – 6, equal sized windows with the overall shape of the unit curved (like a Bow).  Normally the flanker (end) windows will operate, with the rest fixed windows but any configuration is possible.

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A classic 4-Section Bow Window\

Both  Bay and Bow Windows are wooden structures that hold windows and are built into the home.

Are All Bay & Bow Windows The Same?

No they’re not!  While the idea is the same, there are many differences between the ‘boxes’ that hold the Windows.  For example, Climate Solutions gets its boxes through Bayworld Mfg, a dedicated specialist in Bay, Bow & Garden construction.  They only use furniture grade wood that is 1 1/4″ thick, as opposed to the more common 3/4″ ply that other manufacturers use.

Bayworld Mullion

Structural Mullion

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A cheap plastic mull can lead to structural problems

Another important part of a Bay or Bow Window is the mullion (or join) used between the windows.  Bayworld use only Structural Mullions, which are super strong and secure.  It is more common for manufacturers to use flimsier plastic mullions, which over time will allow movement in the unit.

Because of inferior products, Bay and Bow Windows can have a bad reputation for Energy Efficiency – but this is covered with insulation in the ‘seat’ of the box.

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Insulated Seat for Bay/Bow Windows

What Kind of Windows Can Go In Bay and Bow Windows?

The most common windows to feature in Bay and bow Windows are either Double-Hungs, Casements or Picture Windows.  The configuration of them is completely customizable.

6Lite Bow

A beautiful 6-Section Bow Window

For more information get in touch through our website or call into our office on 1.847.233.9800!

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What Makes a Good Patio Door?

Patio Door

Climate Solutions 4-Section Patio Door with Black Exterior

Climate Solutions 4-Section Patio Door with Black Exterior

Picking a Patio Door is never easy – many people have homes with doors that they have to fight to open and close.  Other common issues include failing locks and poor thermal performance.

In this article we highlight the five factors that you should take into consideration when looking for a new Patio Door.

1. Thermal Performance

The largest surface component of a Patio Door is the glass, which is also the biggest entryway for energy to escape from you home (or let the cold in).  Using Low-Emissivity glass is a must (find out more here) and it’s important to make sure you use the right material for the frames and sash.  As we’ve discussed before, Vinyl is the only choice.

Energy Star is an independent certification for excellent energy performance

Energy Star is an independent certification for excellent energy performance

The ideal door will have numerous chambers to help dissipate energy transfer and the glass should be held together with a non-metal spacer, preferably a foam spacer for optimum performance.

 

2. Ease of Use

Patio Doors are used more frequently than windows and as a result have enormous demands on the hardware.  A good patio door should be easy to open, requiring very little pressure to move the operating sashes.  Locks should engage when the door is closed, without having to jimmy them or struggling to line up.

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An example of an anodized aluminum track, giving durability and consistent life-long performance

3. Hardware

A Patio Door is an entry point to your home – as a result it should have strong, durable and secure hardware.  Many doors will only have a single mortise lock, for ultimate security a double-mortise lock should be standard.

CS Double Mortise Lock

Here you can see the lock has two arms that engage to make a tamper-proof lock

The lock should be keyed from the outside and you should expect a foot-lock as standard, to give the option of worry-free ventilation.

4. Customization

You shouldn’t be fitting your home to a door, it should be the other way. This means fully custom sizes and finishes, whether it’s the exterior color, tinted glass or even integrated blinds.

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Integrated blinds between the glass in a Patio Door

With blinds between the glass there shouldn’t be a compromise of functionality for thermal performance. There are now doors on the market which have blinds and soft-coat Low-E glass.

5. Structural Performance

A Patio-Door is a large unit that has a lot of structural functions.  It needs to be strong enough to work in the opening it’s put into, a minimum Design Pressure of 45 is favorable.

4 Section Patio Door

4-Section Patio Doors are naturally very big and need to be super-strong

To get the best structural performance at the manufacturing level it is essential that the door is made with a four-point welder in the frame, giving it rigidity and a perfect join.

We hope this article has been helpful, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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What’s NEAT Glass and Why Should I Get It?

NEAT Glass, Neat Technology

One of the most under-appreciated and lesser known options is NEAT Glass – an amazing add-on to your windows that can make a huge difference everyday.

Cardinal NEAT Glass

What is NEAT Glass?  Less cleaning, better views!  It is an invisible coating on the outside of your windows that makes them ultra-low maintenance and gives better visibility/drying time when it rains.

The coating has a reaction when sunlight and rain combine that breaks down organic material (fingerprints, leaves, bird droppings, etc.) and ‘cleans’ the window.

NEAT-Glass

The science behind NEAT is down to the coating we mentioned – it’s Titanium Dioxide that is applied to the glass in a process known as ‘sputtering’.  This gives the glass a super-smooth surface, at microscopic level, causing it to become hyrdrophillic, meaning the water is repelled from the surface.  Instead of it forming in drops, it sheets off the surface. This then combines with the catalytic coating will helps keep the windows cleaner for longer.

NEAT Glass comparison

Ordinary Glass vs NEAT coated Glass

The surface lasts a lifetime and uses nothing more than the weather to help reduce the housework for a homeowner.  Best of all it’s completely invisible, meaning there’s no impediment to visibility.   It is also fully compatible with Low-Emissivity coatings meaning there’s no risk of losing Energy Efficiency.

To get NEAT Glass on your Climate Solutions windows be sure to let your dealer or contractor know that you’d like it!

See NEAT Glass Frequently Asked Questions

If you want to find out more about NEAT Glass you can watch the video below, from our Youtube Channel or get in touch with us through our Online Contact Form.

 

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Climate Solutions Named in Top 100 Manufacturers 2017

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Climate Solutions Windows & Doors has been honored for the first time as one of North America’s Top 100 Manufacturers.  The annual report, compiled by Window & Door Magazine, doesn’t just focus on sales but quality of product and service provided.

Climate Solutions Factory

Climate Solutions’ Franklin Park factory features state-of-the-art fenestration technology

Climate Solutions Windows & Doors has been operating in Franklin Park for a decade, manufacturing custom vinyl windows and doors with an emphasis on designer style and energy efficiency.  “It is great to be recognized,” said Mario Nalepa, CEO and President of Climate Solutions.  “It caps an exciting 12 months of growth for our business, where we have opened a new commercial division, introducing the Tilt & Turn Series.”  Every window and door is made to the individual specifications of each project, with an unlimited color palate and extensive design options.

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The Tilt & Turn has many commercial applications, including high rise

For the past ten years Climate Solutions has built relationships with the premier dealers and contractors in the Midwest.  “This gives us an opportunity to direct consumers to authorized dealers and installers in their neighborhoods,” continued Mario.  “Lead generation has become increasingly digital and we are finding that our website has become a significant tool for us and our clients.”

Climate Solutions Casement Top 100 Manufacturers

Stylish design and unlimited color options makes Climate Solutions’ windows perfect for any project

Climate Solutions ascribes the growth to quality but also being always prepared for the next industry development, focusing on new products and services.  These range from the new technology with the Flex Screen system, integrated blinds between the glass in doors and windows, and even operating shape windows.  The report is good news for the window and door industry, showing a trend of growth for replacement and new construction projects, something Climate Solutions has seen mirrored in the Chicago and Midwestern market.

For more information call 1.847.233.9800 or use our contact form to get in touch.

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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!

permitsCertified installers & Dealers make all the difference

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!

Casement Vinyl Window

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.

SunshieldVinyl Profiles

 

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.

Tilt and Turn

 

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.

4 Section Patio Door

 

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.

Climate Solutions Factory

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.

USGB LogoTilt and Turn Chicago

 

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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