You can lower your energy costs, save money, and help the environment by making your Southern California home more energy efficient. One of the more common ways for homeowners to improve their home’s energy efficiency is by replacing aging windows. Are casement windows energy efficient when it comes to replacing the windows in your home?
Read on to get our advice and then contact Progressive Insulation & Windows at (800) 500-6200 for a free estimate.
What Makes Casement Windows Unique?
Casement windows are the most energy-efficient type of window that can be opened (picture windows are more efficient, but they’re made to stay closed).
Due to their construction, which features a solid seal on all four sides, casement windows offer great levels of energy efficiency. The sash of a casement window presses firmly against the frame when it is closed, preventing chilly air from entering. The sash and frame may actually be pressed closer together by a powerful wind gust.
Because they open by sliding down a track, other types of windows are not made to seal as tightly. While all contemporary replacement windows, including the black vinyl windows from Progressive Insulation & Windows, are made to be energy efficient, older windows that need to be replaced might still let undesired energy out. Similar to Southern California’s pothole-ridden roads, the more they are neglected, the more money they will eventually cost.
Air can seep between the sash and the frame of a window if the seal isn’t tight. In the winter, hot air might exit while cold air from the outside can seep into your home. You’ll need to raise the thermostat in order to feel comfortable. The opposite occurs in the summer, and you might need more air conditioning to stay comfortable. Your energy footprint and energy costs increase when you use more heat or air conditioning.
Selecting Windows That Are Energy-Efficient
Due to their design, casement windows are already quite energy-efficient, but you may increase their efficiency even further. Simply choose windows that go well with their energy-saving characteristics, just as orange goes well with black.
Low-e glass, also known as low emissivity glass, is made to reflect the sun’s rays away from your home in the summer to lessen solar heat gain. In order to prevent heat from escaping through the window, the same coating reflects the heat into your house.
Argon gas infills are devices that inject argon gas between the window’s panes. Argon actually limits the amount of heat or cold that goes through the window since it is less conductive than regular air. For the humid Southern California haze, it can be a genuine lifesaver.
Casement windows with two or three panes are also more efficient. By sandwiching more layers of insulating air or gas between the inside and exterior of your home, adding more panes of glass to a casement window boosts its energy efficiency.
To identify casement windows made using energy-efficient materials and best design techniques, look for the Energy Star label.
Examine Casement Windows
If you need replacement windows for your Southern California home, we can help. Installing energy-efficient casement windows today will reduce your utility costs and give you more money to spend on things you love. Browse casement window designs today, or get in touch with us for a free window replacement estimate by calling (800) 500-6200.