According to the U.S. Department of Energy, almost half of the 110 million homes in the United States still have windows that are inefficient, resulting in as much as 35% of the energy wasted in buildings and 10% of all carbon emissions in the U.S. Replacing the single-pane windows that were standard in homes for many years is one of the best things you can do in your home if you care about the environment and your carbon footprint.
Not only do replacement windows and doors help reduce the amount of electricity and gas used to heat and cool your San Diego home, but they can also reduce your water usage if you choose replacement windows like Anlin’s Catalina Series Vinyl Windows, which have the PLUS Easy-Clean coating, making them easier to clean and helping them stay clean longer.
But you shouldn’t replace your single-pane windows with just any windows. There are definitely differences in replacement windows when it comes to energy efficiency. Some of the things to look for in energy efficient replacement windows is the U-Factor number, which measures the amount of heat lost through a window unit, and the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, which measures the amount of solar radiation entering the home. For both of these measurements, a lower number is better.
When you receive a quote for replacement windows from any San Diego replacement window company, note the specific window brand and style on the estimate and then do your homework by looking up their thermal performance. This information should be readily available on any window manufacturer’s website. By doing this, you can accurately compare the quotes you receive, and can choose the most energy efficient windows based on the price you’re willing to pay.
We know that those concerned about the environment also take into account how products are manufactured. At BM Windows, our preferred manufacturer, Anlin Window Systems, is dedicated to helping preserve our environment by reducing the amount of waste they produce by reclaiming almost all of the manufacturing by-products. They also use sustainable materials whenever possible.
If you have any questions about the energy efficiency of the replacement windows we sell, or if you would like us to come to your San Diego home and give you a quote on new, energy efficient replacement windows and doors, contact us today.