Here’s a question we’ve been asked quite a bit lately: are magnatic seal windows any better than other windows?
Short answer: No.
Longer answer: No, but you don’t have to take our word for it. Anytime you’re trying to evaluate any feature that relates to energy efficiency you don’t need to take anyone’s word for it.
Everything related to the efficiency of a window is measured. You can compare the differences between models to see if any specific features makes any worthwhile difference. If the rating is better the window is more efficient. If it’s not better then it’s not more efficient. That’s all there is too it. Even if a feature seems like it “should” be better, if the rating is not better than the window is not more efficient.
If you find a rating does get better when you add a specific feature, the next step is to determine if it’s enough of a difference to make a decision in your purchase.
For example, the Okna 800 windows have a magnetic seal and the Okna 500 windows do not. If this feature made a difference you’d be able to see it in the air infiltration rating. What’s the difference in air infiltration between the two? 0.01 cfm/sqft. That’s not very much, especially when you consider 0.30 or better is the top tier according to AAMA.
Is that difference entirely caused by the magnetic seal? No, there are other differences between the two models.
Is that difference enough to warrant the extra cost? Only you can decide, but I sure don’t think so.
Why then do some windows now come with magnetic seals? Because it sounds attractive. The salesperson can tell you that your fridge has a magnetic seal and that sure seals well. Of course your fridge isn’t subjected to any winds, but he leaves that part out.
We ALWAYS recommend avoiding any product with features that are only included to be part of a sales pitch. It should make you wonder how much of the rest of the story the salesperson told you is worthless.
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