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What to Look for in Energy Efficient Windows

You’ve switched out all of your light bulbs, unplugged unused appliances, and bought a smart thermostat for your home but still, your monthly energy bill seems to rise and rise. If this sounds like you and your home, chances are your windows are to blame. In fact, it’s estimated that windows are responsible for up to 30% of the heat lost in a home. With your windows playing such a major role in the energy usage in your home, it may be wise to take a closer look at what makes quality energy efficient windows.

  • Strong Weather Resistance

Not all windows begin with poor energy efficient capabilities, some gradually lose their ability to properly insulate due to time and weather damage. This is particularly true with more traditional frames that have the tendency to hold onto excess moisture. This moisture will eventually warp and rot the frame, which will cause the formation of drafts as the years go by. Once a draft is present, it’s safe to say your heating and cooling efforts will literally go “out the window”. By switching to a more weather resistant material like vinyl, which doesn’t hold onto moisture, you will drastically reduce the chance of drafts forming.

  • Thick Insulating Glass

Older windows come with real charm and character, unfortunately, most also come with single pane glass. This glass isn’t thick enough to properly insulate (or secure) your home, allowing a good deal of heating and air conditioning to escape. By switching to a model that provides double and triple paned glass, you will help keep your heating and air conditioning inside where it belongs.

  • Energy Star Rating

Still not sure whether or not a window is up to industry standards? Be on the lookout for the windows energy star certification and the windows U-Factor which will help determine how well the model insulates.

  • Additional Energy Efficient Features

Some energy efficient windows come with additional features such as UV blocking technology, Low-E coatings, and glazing. While these features aren’t necessary for energy efficient windows, they will increase a window’s U-rating and insulation capabilities.

When it comes to finding the right energy efficient windows Chula Vista, CA for your home, it always helps to start with speaking to a professional. At Clear Concepts Window & Door, our team can introduce you to a wide variety of quality, energy efficient windows that will significantly decrease your homes carbon footprint. Our professionals are here to answer any questions you may have, as well as provide you with a free, no pressure, in-home estimate as part of our dedication to providing valuable customer care. If you would like to speak with a window expert today or would like to schedule your free in-home estimate, give us a call at 619-583-7171 or visit us in person at 7525 Mission Gorge Rd. Suite G, San Diego, CA 92120. We look forward to helping you find the perfect energy efficient windows for your home.

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