When you’re in the market for replacement windows in Sacramento, CA, it’s often because your old windows just aren’t efficient any longer. They leak air, cause your energy bills to spike, and make your family uncomfortable, among many other things. SO when you get new windows, you might want to go above and beyond in the other direction—by getting the most efficiency possible out of your new windows. Here are a few tips to help you do just that.
Whenever you buy something new for your home, like a dishwasher or another appliance, you like to know the energy ratings. Energy Star is an independent, non-profit company that gives you the information you need on those things. You know if you see something with an Energy Star label on it, that it meets a certain level of requirements in energy efficiency. The same is true about your windows. When the label is there, those windows have met requirements by Energy Star—and in your exact region, now somewhere else. You should start in getting the best efficiency by paying attention to only windows that have that label and going from there.
Even two windows that look just the same—and both have Energy Star labels—can be vastly different in their energy ratings. You want to know what numbers for the U-factor, Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, and other important items mean so you can get windows that have only the highest levels of efficiency in every possible area. Once you choose the window that has the best ratings, you can still upgrade for even further efficiency.
Standard windows today are very good and when you choose windows with the best ratings, you’re going to get a lot more efficiency for your home than you have now. However, you can go above and beyond that and add upgrades, if you can afford it and want to. Some of the upgrades include triple pane glass instead of the standard double pane, inert gas fillings between the panes instead of air, and low-E coatings on the glass. Each of these upgrades will add another layer of protection for your home and added efficiency. If you can’t afford them all, but want the best for your home, talk to window professionals and see which would serve your goals the best.
It’s easy to say you want energy efficiency in your house, but when you get replacement windows in Sacramento, CA, you can actually do something about that efficiency. Lower your bills with help from Southgate Glass and the quality windows we provide. Even our standard windows are very high in quality and we can help you figure out which upgrades suit you the best. Call us for advice at (916) 421-1723 to swing through our showroom for ideas and inspiration at 6852 Franklin Blvd Sacramento, CA 95823. We’re here to equip your house with the highest energy efficiency levels possible.