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  • Energize with Natural Light

    August 31 2012

    COLUMBUS, OHIO – For many people, Daylight Savings Time can’t come fast enough on the calendar each year. The addition of an hour of natural light each day energizes and motivates them to accomplish more in a day.

    Homeowners have the same desire for bringing added daylight into their homes. As a result, when it comes time to replace their windows, they’re making conscious decisions to seek out products that maximize the amount of natural daylight that enters the house. To help homeowners achieve that goal, Simonton Windows has launched the new line of Asurereplacement windows and patio doors.

    “Input from both consumers and remodelers helped us design this new product line that includes a larger viewing area and sightline,” says Gary Pember, vice president of marketing for Simonton Windows. “The newly-designed frame and modified sash on these units permit more light into the home. This allows homeowners to connect more with nature and ‘bring the outdoors inside’ their homes.”

    What Daylight Does for Us

    The desire for adding more daylight in our lives has several powerful results. A 2003 study of commercial settings by Capturing the Daylight Dividend Program entitled “The Benefits of Daylight through Windows”* reports that “windows that provide a view out as well as daylight, can reduce stress and hence reduce the demand for health services. Daylight reduces the incidence of health problems caused by the rapid fluctuations in light output typical of electric lighting.”

    The National Institute of Building Sciences (WBDG)** reports that a variety of elements should be incorporated into a daylighting system to be effective, including:

    ·         Daylight-optimized building footprint

    ·         Climate-responsive window-to-wall area ratio

    ·         High-performance glazing

    ·         Daylighting-optimized fenestration design

    ·         Skylights (passive or active)

    ·         Tubular daylight devices

    ·         Solar shading devices

    ·         Daylight-responsive electric lighting controls

    ·         Daylight-optimized interior design (such as furniture design, space planning and room surface finishes)

    “While most homeowners probably won’t incorporate every aspect of a daylighting system identified by the WBDG, it’s important to note that homeowners can increase the natural light flow through their homes by simply installing energy-efficient windows that are designed to maximize natural daylight,” says Theresa Clement, designer and host of MyFixItUpLife. “The key for homeowners is to do your homework. Research the energy-efficiency features of the replacement window you’re considering and look at the construction of the frame. Make sure it’s solidly built and allows in as much natural light as possible.

    “Homeowners interested in maximizing daylight transfer into the home should look for windows that meet or exceed the ENERGY STAR® requirements. At the same time, they should seek out windows that add style to both the interior and exterior of the home.”

    Clement points out that the Asure window features a classic stepped design on the exterior that enhances the window’s aesthetics and increases curb appeal. “The frame face of this window provides an attractive, architectural ‘finished’ look to the home,” says Clement. “Clean corner welds and a smooth exterior construction complete the styling of these impressive windows.”

    For the interior of the home, the affordable Asure windows incorporate a constant force balance system, requiring minimal effort to operate the sash. A longer sash stop in the lower sash has also been added for increased support and ease of operation.

    Asure products are available nationwide in Double Hung, Slider, and Picture window styles, along with a variety of popular geometric styles and patio doors. The two “stepped” sill design provides enhanced resistance to water and air infiltration. Simonton’s patented Lap-Lok® Meeting Rail and thick fin seal weatherstripping also help ensure a tight seal against wind and rain. The sill “chambers” are uniquely designed for added strength and durability, providing peace-of-mind to homeowners investing in these replacement windows.

    Simonton Asure windows can be ordered with design pressure (DP) ratings of up to 50. The new window incorporates a triple-stepped sill when DP ratings from 35 to 50 are selected. Asure products meet ASTM and AAMA Gold standards when installed according to manufacturer’s instructions. Asure windows and patio doors can also be ordered to meet ENERGY STAR® criteria in all areas of the country.

    Available in white and tan, Asure products can be ordered with Flat or Sculptured grids in Colonial, Diamond, Perimeter, Prairie or Victorian patterns. A Double-Lifetime Limited Warranty provides peace-of-mind for homeowners.

    Simonton Windows produces ENERGY STAR® qualified replacement and new construction windows and doors, including a line of impact-resistant products. Simonton was ranked #1 in quality in the 2009, 2007, 2002 and 1998 Brand Use Studies sponsored by Builder magazine and has won three Best In Class Awards administered by LBM Journal Research Institute.

    Founded in 1946, Simonton’s hallmark has been to deliver the industry’s shortest, most dependable lead-times. Part of Fortune Brands Home & Security (NYSE: FBHS), Simonton delivers award-recognized products nationwide to key markets throughout the 48 continental United States. Simonton is a Founding Sponsor of The Weather Museum, a Lifetime Founding Sponsor of the Lead Safe America Foundation, and a supporter of Homes for Our Troops. For information, call (800) SIMONTON (1-800-746-6686) or visit www.simonton.com.

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    ENERGY STAR is a government program that helps consumers protect the environment through superior energy efficiency and is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    *Results of “The Benefits of Daylight through Windows” study can be found at http://www.lrc.rpi.edu/programs/daylighting/pdf/DaylightBenefits.pdf.

    **Results of “Daylighting” report by Gregg D. Ander, FAIA, Southern California Edison and updated by U.S. Department of Energy in 2011 available at http://www.wbdg.org/resources/daylighting.php.

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