If you’re considering the installation of replacement windows in San Jose, CA, you may have better energy efficiency as your primary motivation. Windows that are 15-20 years old have reached the end of their lifespan.
This means that you may have windows that are not functioning properly and rooms that are drafty because of gaps from ill-fitting or damaged windows. It also means that your energy bills are higher because it takes more work from your HVAC system to keep the inside of your home at a consistent comfortable temperature.
It is normal for homes to become less energy efficient as they age. Cracks can show up around window frames as the foundation of your home settles. With repetitive opening and closing, window mechanisms can get dirty or damaged until they no longer sit correctly in the window frame and no longer close completely. Weather damage is also common with older windows – especially wood windows – and this can cause windows to warp and not fit tightly into their frames.
As your windows age, they can be responsible for a sizeable percentage of the energy loss in your home. Therefore, having energy efficient replacement windows installed becomes a priority.
Choosing energy efficient replacement windows will provide you and your home with three benefits.
1. The first benefit of energy efficient replacement windows is increased comfort. When you minimize the air leakage in your home by removing drafts, minimizing condensation, and decreasing outside air pollution, your home once again becomes a welcoming haven for you and your family.
If there are certain places in the rooms of your house where everyone avoids sitting because it’s near a window that makes them feel colder in the winter and hotter in the summer, then energy efficient replacement windows will solve that problem and make every space in every room comfy and cozy.
2. The second benefit of energy efficient replacement windows is that the amount you spend on energy to heat and cool your home each month will decrease. Energy companies tend to raise their per-unit-of-energy cost on a regular basis. Those kind of cost increases can’t be avoided because we all need power and fuel to operate our homes.
However, with energy efficient replacement windows, you can offset these regular rate increases by reducing the amount of energy you use, while keeping your home at a comfortable temperature, no matter what time of year it is. Choosing Energy Star replacement windows can lower your energy costs by up to $500 a year.
3. The third benefit of energy efficient replacement windows is that they are environmentally friendly and can significantly reduce your carbon footprint. Replacing old single pane windows with Energy Star replacement windows can conserve up to almost 4,000 pounds of carbon dioxide annually.
Energy efficient replacement windows work in summer and winter by reducing the amount of air that exits through the glass pane and the window frame, controlling the ultraviolet rays that come into your home, and control the amount of heat that is transferred through the window.
Wood, vinyl, and fiberglass w provide the best energy efficient materials for window frames. Multi-pane glass (double or triple) adds insulation by creating multiple layers between the inside of your home and outside. Glass treatments, such as low-emissivity (Low-E) coatings, work to bring heat into your home during cold weather and to reflect heat away from your home during warm weather.
To learn more about energy efficient replacement windows in San Jose, CA, you can talk with our expert team at California Custom Creations. You can call us at (408) 316-6293 to make an appointment for a free in-home consultation.