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May 2017

The Anatomy of an Energy Efficient Window

Windows don’t just bring natural light and ventilation into your home. They also help control its energy efficiency. This is why you’ll want to think about investing in energy efficient windows, which can help reduce your energy expenses by maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature. Each component of your window helps determine its functionality and efficiency. ClearChoice Windows and Doors discusses the components that contribute to your window’s energy efficiency:

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Energy Efficient Window

The Glass

The window glass affects how much solar radiation is absorbed in your home. Its energy efficiency is measured by several values, but the two most important ones you should look for are the U-value and the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC). The U-value measures the amount of heat that escapes from the room. Its value is determined by a number that falls between 0.2 and 1.2. The lower the number, the better the window is at keeping your interior warm and cozy. Meanwhile, SHGC gauges the amount of heat entering the room. This is usually a number between 0 and 1. Windows with a low SHGC are less likely to waste cool air.

ClearChoice Windows and Doors offers a selection of highly energy efficient replacement windows that can improve your home’s efficiency and beauty. Consult our experts for different styles and designs that would work best with your home’s style.

The Framing Material

Your window’s frame affects its resistance to air leakage and heat conduction. A more secure frame results in a more efficient window. Different materials can provide different levels of efficiency. For instance, our vinyl frames offer insulated cavities that can boost your home’s energy efficiency. Meanwhile, our fiberglass frames possess a higher heat transfer resistance rating compared with other materials. Our wood frames are naturally efficient and have high insulation properties for a more comfortable interior.

The Quality of Installation

The installation has a significant effect on your window’s energy efficiency. You may have chosen the most energy efficient glass and frame materials, but you won’t reap their benefits if the window is installed poorly.

At ClearChoice Windows and Doors, our installation team undergoes rigorous training to ensure that they are updated on the latest in installation techniques and practices. This means that they can provide a high-quality installation regardless of the window type.

Installing energy efficient windows is a smart investment that can help keep your home comfortable and your energy expenses low. ClearChoice Windows and Doors offers quality vinyl, wood, and fiberglass windows that can be customized to suit your needs. Call us today at (909) 906-9222 to learn more about our window selection. We serve communities in San Dimas and nearby CA areas.