Most San Diego homeowners have a good idea of what they’re looking for when shopping for new windows. For many, that means cutting back on those monthly energy bills. Energy efficient windows have become the latest trend among homeowners as part of a larger effort to save money and make their home a little greener. After all, according to the American Energy Association (AEA), more than 60% of the energy wasted in the average American household escapes through windows and doors. However, not all energy efficient windows are created equal and if you don’t know what to look for, you may find yourself less than thrilled with the quality of window you end up with. To ensure you bring home energy efficient windows you love, we’ve put together a short buyer’s guide so you know exactly what to look for when shopping.
Always Check The Label
Two windows can look exactly alike to the naked eye, yet hold completely different capabilities. That’s because there’s much more to windows then their appearance. To really compare windows and learn which is the most energy efficient window option for your home, always check the labels. The labels will give you information on which windows are ENERGY STAR certified and the U-factor of each window. If you’re not familiar with the U-Factor, consider the “miles per gallon rating on your car” as something similar. The U-factor is a rating that tells you the insulating capabilities of a window. The lower the number, the more energy efficient the window.
Go For Double (or Triple) Pane Windows
If you’re looking to save money on those monthly bills, skip past any windows that offer thin, single pane glass. These windows aren’t thick enough to effectively insulate your home and will let the majority of your heating and cooling efforts slip right through. Go for windows that come with double or triple pane glass for optimal insulation for your home.
Choose Weather Resistant Frames
A window can hold strong energy efficient capabilities when it’s first installed and then can gradually lose its effect. That’s because these windows aren’t weather resistant enough. For example, wood windows have the tendency to absorb excess moisture, which eventually rots and distorts the frame. Once such weather damage occurs, you’ll start to notice drafts and your heating and air conditioning will be going straight out the window. Try choosing a window material like vinyl or fiberglass that will provide durable, weather resistant frames long-term.
If you’re still unsure about whether or not you’ve found the perfect energy efficient windows La Jolla for your home, stop by Window Solutions to speak with one of our window experts. We will happily answer any questions you may have while introducing you to the wide variety of energy efficient windows on our showroom floor. To meet with an expert today, call 619-258-0515 or stop by and see us at 613 W. Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020. We look forward to assisting you with all of your energy efficient window needs.