Why is your heating and cooling bill so high? Why is there always a draft in your house? Why are the temperatures fluctuating when you haven’t touched the thermostat? It could very well all be due to your old windows. Older windows let air in and out and they are the biggest source of heat and air loss in any home. You could be throwing your temperature-controlled air right out the window, literally. You could save a big chunk of change on your energy bill each and every month if you get replacement windows in La Jolla, CA. To maximize your savings, take a look at these characteristics when you go out shopping for windows.
Multiple Glass Panes
In general, windows come with double pane glass today. In the past, single pane was the biggest option. Keep in mind that the more panes of glass you have, the more energy efficient your home will be. While double pane performs well, triple pane will perform even better. And you don’t just get an extra pane of glass, but also the space between the panes, which heightens efficiency even more.
Low-E Glass Coatings
Something minor you can do to your glass doesn’t show at all but makes a big difference. You can get low-E coatings on your glass panes and that coating, which you can’t see, will reflect the heat of the sun back outside on hot days. You get the natural light you want, but allow you to keep the heat of the sun out. You can also block UV rays so nothing in your home will fade any longer. This is great for efficiency since you don’t have the sun’s heat messing with your home’s temperature.
Energy Star Certification
Any window you consider should, at the very least, have Energy Star Certification labels on it. This label tells you that the manufacturer submitted the window for testing to the Energy Star Company, which they do not have to do. The window was then tested and approved. It meets certain base requirements for efficiency. Start with windows that carry this label and then compare labels from there to get the most efficiency you can find.
Gas Filled Windows
While double and triple pane glass has air fillings between the panes of glass, they’re efficient. But they can be made even more so when they have inert gas fillings between those panes. The inert gas, in the form of argon and krypton gas, are even denser than air so they can insulate a home better and bring more efficiency to the household.
These are a few of the things that can really bolster your home’s efficiency when you get replacement windows in La Jolla, CA. Even standard windows are going to raise your efficiency levels and lower your bills, but anything you upgrade can help you get even further efficiency and savings. The professionals at Window Solutions are here to help you work through those upgrades and decide what’s best for you and your budget.