Located Northeast of Sacramento in Southern California, the small city of Antelope is located close to both Citrus Heights and Roseville. While there is plenty to do in Sacramento, Antelope is home to the Aerospace Museum of California and Stones Gambling Hall. It is mostly flat and has no major bodies of water; it is home to a beautiful community of people.
When it gets to helping preserve the environment, California is often making the best and most significant effort. From using LED night lights to replacing your home's air conditioning system – essential for the entire state – any step toward energy-efficiency is a significant step forward. When you choose energy-efficient windows for your home, there are four crucial considerations.
The first being the frame that you choose for your windows. While you may want these to match the rest of your home, also consider their energy-efficiency. Window frames are made from four materials: wood-clad, aluminum, wood, and vinyl. Vinyl is the most inexpensive option, although it does offer an excellent energy-efficiency rating; it reduces air leakage and can be used with insulated glass. Wood is not best for rainy climates, and wood-clad frames need to be used with waterproof rubber to keep rain out and heat in. Aluminum is not the best frame for energy-efficiency as it does not entirely prevent heat transfer and loss.
When it comes to the glass of your new windows, look for a few keywords. Double-pane windows, while often more expensive, have Low-E glass and are vacuum-sealed. It prevents heat transfer and loss of cool air, making a keen difference in a home's energy bills. Double-pane windows provide significantly more insulation than single-pane windows, although they are the least expensive option. However, choosing an initially costlier option can save hundreds of dollars each year on utility bills – a worthy investment.
Look into the window's u-value, which measures a window unit's resistance to heat loss. As well, ask about the SHGC, or the solar heat gain coefficient. This unit measures how much heat enters home through a glass in the window. The lower the values, the more energy-efficient a window is.
Window design is not merely about curb-appeal. Some window designs are more energy-efficient than others. For those in calmer climates, double-hung windows are efficient choices. For double-hung windows, the bottom pane will slide up to open the window unit. In extreme environments, these windows present a high potential for air intrusion. Casement windows are most used in windier climates, as they use a crank that swings outward to open the window. While they are efficient, they do require consistent maintenance. Even if picture windows do not open, it is useful for keeping heat and cool air.
The final element to consider when choosing the most energy efficient windows for your home is the proper installation. If you have the skill to do so yourself, this will save on costs. However, if you cannot, be sure to consult a professional, such as Antelope's expert Placer Exterior: you will want windows to be installed the first time to prevent heat loss.
While complete window replacement can be quite expensive, there are options. Not only do you keep your utility bills under control with energy-efficient windows and other appliances, but you can also apply through the Sacramento Municipal Utility District or SMUD. These energy-efficient rebates can provide up to $1,000 of energy-efficient window replacement. Statewide, there is the California Energy Commission's Upgrade California Home Upgrade Program – if what you choose is entirely energy-efficient. These rebate programs provide an incredible incentive to improve the energy-efficiency of your home, helping both the earth and yourself.