When it’s time to replace your windows, it’s important to view them as the investment they truly are. The quality of your windows can either save you money on your energy bill or add on hundreds of dollars each month. Windows effect your energy efficiency in two major ways; first, the type of window in your home will determine how much lighting comes in thus effecting how many lights you need to have on in your home and secondly, how well insulated your windows are determines how much heat or air conditioning actually stays within your house. Both of these effects can easily be factors in the greater San Diego area.
By adding energy efficient windows to your homes not only will you be saving money on your monthly electric bill, but you will also be adding onto its resale value if you ever decide to move. Here are a few tips on what to keep in mind and look for when shopping for energy efficient windows:
Considering the Design:
It seems like every day there are new window technologies being launched with the goal of greater energy efficiency, this doesn’t mean that they are necessarily right for your home. Many of these designs focus on one primary factor such as ventilation, views, or natural lighting. For this reason, it’s important to take time to understand your current window situation and see its strengths and weaknesses. Ask yourself questions like “how much daylight does our home receive?” “Does it always seem to be cold or drafty in our home?” or “are we taking full advantages of our view?”. Your answer will help you determine what you should consider a priority when shopping for your new windows.
Windows are most commonly found in wood, vinyl, and aluminum. Out of the three, vinyl is the most popular and most energy efficient. The vinyl material expands, particularly during cold weather, which keeps your home well insulated and reduces the likelihood of heat or air conditioning escaping your home.
Single or Double Pane Glass:
If you find that your home often feels cold, and you are sure it’s not due to a draft it may be time to consider the thickness of your windows. Adding double pane glass is a great way to insulate your home and can even help reduce noise.
Consider Adding a Tint:
If you would like to reduce the heat in your home, you may want to consider heat absorbing window glazing. The treatment adds a special tint that changes the color of the glass, allowing it to absorb higher amounts of solar radiation and reducing the amount of solar heat and visible glare that enters your home.
There are hundreds of varieties of windows, so it’s always smart to discuss your energy needs with the window specialist at Clear Concepts Window & Door before purchasing your windows. We can help you sift through the options and find the best quality energy efficient window in San Diego, CA.