3 Factors to Consider When Getting Energy-Efficient Residential Window Replacement

Did you know that heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for up to 30% of residential heating and cooling energy use? That’s why it’s crucial to have energy-efficient windows that are optimized for your particular climate. Not only will you reduce unnecessary energy use and benefit the environment, but you’ll also save significant money in the long run on utility bills. If your windows are outdated and not energy efficient, residential window replacement from Golden Glass is the best choice for your home. When choosing new windows with your glazing contractors, consider these four factors.

1. Frame material

Most homeowners think energy-efficient windows are all about the glass, but this isn’t true. The window frame is just as crucial, and which material you choose will affect how the window performs. Wood window frames, for example, offer the best insulation versus other materials. However, they’re more high-maintenance than alternate options and can rot in humid or rainy climates. On the other hand, aluminum will stand the test of time and can protect your home from rainy extremes such as hurricanes, but they aren’t the best when it comes to preventing heat transfer and loss. Wood-clad windows offer the best of both worlds, as they’re comprised of a low-maintenance vinyl or aluminum exterior with a temperature-transfer-resistant wood interior. If you’re investing in residential window replacement, speak with your glazing contractors about which frame material is best for your home.

2. Energy-saving glass

The glass you choose for your window replacement plays a crucial role in their energy efficiency. However, several factors go into this decision, one of which is the number of window panes. Double-paned glass will be more energy-efficient than single-paned glass, with triple-paned glass being the most energy-efficient of all. We recommend asking your glazing contractors about a low-emissivity coating that can reflect solar rays and make your home even more energy-efficient. 

3. Glazing contractors & installers

Even the most energy-efficient wood frames and triple-pane glass mean nothing if they aren’t made and installed correctly. Choose glazing contractors who have proven experience in their industry, and check for 4-5 star reviews on third-party websites such as Yelp or Google. Ask for quotes from several companies and compare before committing to your glazing contractor. A good glazing contractor will also install the windows in your home, so you can have a seamless glass replacement process from start to finish. 

If you want energy-efficient window replacement for your home, contact Golden Glass today. Headquartered in Fullerton, we’re a family-run company that will give you the personal attention of a small business with the world-class fabrication quality of a national corporation. Our specialized residential services include tempered glass, patio doors, glass shower enclosures, glass handrails, tabletops, mirrors, glass replacement services, and more. Stop by our Fullerton showroom to speak with a member of our knowledgeable staff about your next project, or give us a call at (800) 64-GLASS for a free estimate. You can also fill out our online contact form with any inquiries, and we’ll get back to you right away!