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What Makes a Window Energy Efficient

When it comes to replacing windows, energy efficiency often tops the list for many homeowners in San Diego. With the warm weather, it’s important to have windows that keep air conditioning in your home where it belongs instead of seeping out through drafts and holes. If your windows are not energy efficient than you will continue to receive high electrical bills each month, no matter how much you attempt to reduce your energy usage. But what makes your San Diego windows energy efficient and how do you know which one is right for your home? We have put together a short list of factors that make a window more or less energy efficient so you can find the right fit for your needs.

Single or Double Pane: One very important factor as to whether or not a window will be energy efficient is how thick the glass is. Older windows typically come with single paned glass. However, materials like vinyl often come with double or even triple pane glass. The thicker the glass, the better the insulation, and the lower your electric bill. You can also get glass with gas coatings between the panes for further insulation. Another benefit of thick glass is the fact that it drastically reduces the noise that enters your home.

Drafts and Warping: A windows’ durability not only affects the exterior look of your home, but also its capability to hold in heat. If a window material is not durable enough to stand up to intense or incessant weather conditions, then that material will begin to warp over time and create drafts. Having a window with a draft is the equivalent of throwing your money out the window because any heat or air that you use escapes through the cracks. Look for window materials that are sturdy and known for their durability.

Fit and Frame: Drafts don’t always come as a result of window damage. In some cases, a draft will appear from the moment you have your windows installed. If a window is not the right fit or doesn’t seal properly, a draft will appear around the frame, allowing your heat and air conditioning to seep out. Fortunately, there are some materials like vinyl windows that expand and contract according to the weather around them so your windows always fit the needs of your home.

Still not sure if the windows you have your eye on are an energy efficient fit for your home? When making important decisions regarding your window purchase, it is always best to speak directly to a professional. At Clear Concepts Window and Door our highly trained professionals are ready to answer any questions you may have and help you find the perfect windows for your home. You can even schedule a free consultation so you know what to expect from start to finish. To receive your consultation, give us a call at (619) 583-7171 or visit us in person at 7525 Mission Gorge Rd. Suite G in San Diego, California.

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