Why are Vinyl Windows the Energy Efficient Choice?

At one time, when homeowners thought about their windows, it revolved around what window treatments they wanted. That was the only option homeowners had in terms of windows. Today, the windows industry has been revolutionized. Technology has taken window energy efficiency to a whole new level. And while you want to get the right window treatments too, first, you need to get the right windows. You know vinyl windows are the most popular and you’ve heard they are energy efficient, but why? Here are just a few reasons to help you understand their value.

  1. Lack of Heat Transfer

Vinyl is a material that does not transfer heat. That means just because the sun is burning down on your house in Rancho Cucamonga, CA does not mean the heat will get inside your home. In fact, if you have vinyl windows, it won’t! Vinyl windows rebuff the hot sun and heat and keep it outside where it belongs.

  1. Welded Corners

High-quality vinyl windows are welded together on the corners so the windows end up being one large piece. There shouldn’t be nails and screens holding the frame together. Because the vinyl is all one big piece, it won’t allow air through the sides. That means your air conditioning stays inside and the hot Rancho Cucamonga, CA air stays outside where it belongs.

  1. Glass Options

In the past, windows came with single-pane glass, which isn’t very energy efficient. Today, you get vinyl windows with at least double-pane glass. Sometimes, you might even want to get triple-pane glass to increase your insulation even further. The glass itself acts as an insulator between your home and the weather outside. You can also get Low-E glass with argon gas fillings between the panes to further increase the energy efficiency of your home.

  1. Low Price

The price of the window does not work alone to determine energy efficiency. But you might think because vinyl windows are lower in price, they are not as energy efficient and that is not the case. When it comes to a quality, energy efficient window, you don’t necessarily want to buy the cheapest option. But you shouldn’t shy away from vinyl because it is cheaper than wood and other options. It is an economical choice because of its bottom line price and because it will save you on your utility bills due to its energy efficient properties.

If you are interested in hearing more about vinyl windows in Rancho Cucamonga and their energy efficiency, call Ameristar Windows at 951-354-2711. We created our company with only one goal…to create and provide the most energy efficient windows and doors at the lowest cost to our customers. We want to help you and the environment at the same time. Stop by and visit us at 8878 Marlborough Ave, Riverside, CA 92507 and see some of the vinyl window options in person. We’re happy to give you a free consultation and answer any questions you have about vinyl windows.

Different Window Styles…Pros and Cons

There are a number of different window styles on the market and you don’t have to choose just one style for your home in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. You can mix and match the styles and bring in light, increased ventilation, and meet a number of other needs. Here are just a few styles of windows to consider along with the pros and cons of each.

Double-Hung Windows

Double-hung windows have two sashes so the windows can slide up and down on the top and the bottom. One part remains closed while the other opens and you get to choose which is which.

Pros:

Homeowners often choose this type of window because they allow for good ventilation. They also have a unique look and give you easy access to the outside breeze. You can keep the bottom closed and open the top, which is a nice, safe way to let in the air. They are a great choice for any area of the house because of their appearance. They fit in nicely in bedrooms, kitchens, offices and any other room.

Cons:

Double-hung windows are not quite as energy efficiency as other options because there are more places where they could leak air. Plus, only have of the window can open at one time so you do not get as much ventilation as you would with other options.

Casement Windows

Casement windows operate on a hinge and crank open and closed. The entire window opens at once and usually juts out of the house when in the open position.

Pros:

Casement windows offer the maximum amount of ventilation from each window. They open out and can catch the California breeze and bring it into the home. They also allow more light to enter the room since they are uninterrupted by their frames. When they are closed, they are highly energy efficient because they blow tighter against their frames. Casement windows are good for hard to reach locations, like over the kitchen sink. You can crank them open easier than trying to slide a window up and down.

Cons:

Since these windows jut out when open, they are not always the ideal choice for certain areas. You may not want a window sticking out over your patio or deck, for example.

Picture Windows

Picture windows do not open or close and usually offer the largest amount of glass to help you let in the most light and get an unobstructed view of your surroundings.

Pros:

Picture windows allow you to view whatever is around your Rancho Cucamonga, CA home. You get a great deal of light through these windows and if you combine them with operational windows, you can get ventilation into the room as well.

Cons:

If you have only a picture window in the room, you don’t get any outdoor air. These windows are for looks only and not or ventilation. Since they are larger, they are more vulnerable to cracks and breaks than other windows.

These are just a few of the style options you need to consider when you are looking in installing replacement windows in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. To talk through these and other choices, call Ameristar Windows at 951-354-2711. Or visit us at 8878 Marlborough Ave, Riverside, CA 92507.