When considering replacing your windows in southern California, consider replacing them with vinyl windows. While appearance is a significant factor, you should also consider function and performance. Vinyl is quickly becoming the most popular window material because vinyl windows are the best energy-efficient window choice. These windows are also durable, affordable, and practically maintenance-free. This blog will discuss why you should consider vinyl windows for your next replacement.
Why Vinyl Windows Are Energy-Efficient
Vinyl windows are made of a plastic material called polyvinyl chloride (PVC) which is a good insulator that helps reduce energy costs by keeping the heat inside during the winter and the cool air inside during the summer.
In addition, many vinyl windows are designed with multiple panes of glass and low-emissivity (Low-E) coatings and insulated frames that improve their energy efficiency by reducing heat transfer and preventing UV rays from entering your home. To determine if a vinyl window is energy-efficient, check the labels and look for these specific values:
1. U-Factor or U-Value
A window’s U-value measures heat transfer. A lower U-value means the window is a better insulator. Vinyl windows are an excellent thermal insulator because they do not easily conduct heat, so they have a low U-value.
2. Solar Heat Gains Coefficient (SHGC)
The SHGC value accounts for the heat absorbed by the glass. It is a number between 0 and 1. You want to see a low SHGC for your windows, meaning the glass does not absorb much heat.
3. Air Leakage
This value shows you how resistant the window is against leaks. A small value means the window has a better seal.
Choosing Family Replacement Windows for Energy-Efficient Vinyl Windows
Vinyl windows have become a popular choice for window replacements, and you can experience their benefits when you install vinyl windows with Family Replacement Windows. You can look at our vinyl window options and get a reasonable price on our selection of high-quality vinyl windows. Call us at (855) 785-1993, or click here for a FREE quote!