When you are on the path to getting replacement windows in Eldorado Hills, CA, it’s likely that your main goal is to get something energy efficient. Most homeowners recognize that they need new windows when their old windows leak air, cause discomfort in their house, and raise the energy bills beyond their level of understanding. So when they get new windows, it makes sense to go for the efficiency they lack now. If that sounds like you, it’s important to know that there are a lot of things that determine the energy efficiency on those new windows. Here are a few to take into account as you start to look around:
The Frame Material
One of the biggest factors to consider is the material you have placed on the window frames. Wood is an old favorite and it is still a great insulator, but it also takes a lot of work and loses its efficiency over the years if not maintained well. That’s a bit part of why vinyl has become so popular. Not only is it just as efficient, if not more so, but it also takes no maintenance—and it costs less at the same time. If you want efficient windows, you have to start with efficient frame materials and build on from there.
The Window’s Style
There are a lot of different window styles on the market and some are going to be more efficient than others. The best efficiency you can get is in picture windows since there are no operating parts, but no one wants just stationary windows in their home. The most efficient operational window is the casement window since it seals tight to the house and that seal only tightens when the wind blows against it.
The Glass Options
Glass can also make a huge difference in a window’s efficiency. If you have single pane glass now, anything you can get is better. Today, double pane glass is standard, but if you want further efficiency, you can upgrade to triple pane. There are also filling options. Where air is standard, the spaces between the glass could also be filled with inert gas to increase insulating qualities. And there are low-E coatings and other options to increase efficiency even more.
Even something as small as the hardware on the windows you choose can increase or decrease the level of efficiency on your windows. Pay attention to every detail in order to get the best efficiency levels for your home as an end result.
When you are ready to talk about efficiency on your replacement windows in Eldorado Hills, CA, the professionals at The Window and Door Shop, Inc. are here with the information you need to make the best possible (and most efficient) decisions. Call us at (916) 252-4100 with your questions or to set up a free consultation. You can also visit us at 1717 Bell St, Sacramento, CA 95825 and we can show you around.