California residents use substantial energy every year. When it comes to saving money on home expenses, most homeowners jump at the opportunity.
Did you know that replacing your older windows with energy efficient windows may be one way to save money in the long run? While high-quality windows could last around 20 or more years, your windows may be costing you money if they are in need of replacement.
There are certain signs that may indicate it’s time to replace your windows. If it is damaged or warped, you feel a draft near the window, you notice dust on the window sill or near the windows or you just want to cut back on your energy usage and spending and improve your curb appeal, it is time.
Types of Replacement Windows
While some window selection can be predetermined by the size of your old windows, the style and type of window you choose can depend on the features you are looking for. From replacement vinyl windows to triple pane to double pane, you have a range of options.
The type of window you select can be largely determined your geographic region, which HGTV provides a guide for so you can make sure you are on the right track.
While California has a variety of different regions spread out across the state, some options to consider include:
- Rainier areas – Go with moisture-resistant window materials, including vinyl, wood-resin composite, fiberglass, and similar options. You should ai for U-Values of 0.3 or lower to ensure the best insulation. If summers are milder, windows should have a higher solar heat gain coefficient.
- Sunnier areas – Certain regions in California (most) can get extensive sun year-round. This is why you want windows with good solar heat resistance. Ideally, an SHGC below 0.3. There are also certain coatings that can allow light to pass through the glass, but block any heat-causing rays, making a home energy efficient without sacrificing natural light.
All About Glazing, Tints, Films & Coatings
When it comes time to replace your windows, the best way to ensure they are energy efficient is selecting windows with the right glaze, tint, reflecting film, or coating.
Double pane windows have a small gap between the glass lawyers to create a heat barrier. These gaps between lawyers of glazing can be filled with a specific gas to further help reduce heat flow.
Other features that can help with efficiency:
- Reflective films – These films can block significant amounts of radiant energy that hits a window, keeping a home cooler. However, they may block more natural light. This is why bronze and gray-tinted films are suggested, as they don’t reduce as much visible light as others.
- Low-emittance coatings – Also known as low-E coatings, these are the most versatile options, metal or metallic oxide particles work to suppress heat flow coming from the windows. You can choose to use the coating to trap heat in (for colder environments) or keep it out (in warmer environments).
Take the Next Step in Window Replacement
American Vision Windows is proud to offer replacement windows from top manufacturers like Anlin, Milgard, Ply Gem, Lincoln, and many more. With locations in Orange County, San Jose Area, San Diego, and LA / Ventura counties, we are here to handle all your replacement window needs. Trust your energy efficient window upgrades to our experts! Start with a free home estimate today or find answers to your questions online.