California Energy Consultant Service http://www.calenergyexteriors.com Superior quality doors, windows and siding replacement Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:39:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.4 Homeowner Guide to Home Performance http://www.calenergyexteriors.com/energy-efficiency/homeowner-guide-to-home-performance/ http://www.calenergyexteriors.com/energy-efficiency/homeowner-guide-to-home-performance/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:39:02 +0000 http://www.calenergyexteriors.com/?p=1271 Continue reading ]]> Comfort, better indoor air quality, and utility bills

Does your home have drafty windows and doors, rooms that are too hot or cold, and high energy bills? These are all common issues faced by many homeowners in California. Installing replacement windows, a new heating or air conditioning system, or adding more insulation may fix part of the problem. But if you want an energy efficient home with greater comfort, better indoor air quality and lower utility bills, the way to address these problems is through an integrated “whole-house approach”, which is accomplish using SMUD Home Performance Program (HPP.) With SMUD’s Home Performance Program, you will learn where your home is leaking energy and how to qualify for up to $5,000 in SMUD rebates. The first step toward transforming your home into a more energy efficient and comfortable environment is through a home energy assessment, also known as a home energy audit. SMUD is the electric company in Sacramento and focuses on electricity saving. For gas savings please check with your local gas supplier for more information. SMUD HPP contractors are approved by SMUD to thoroughly test your home’s energy performance. You’ll receive a detailed report of where your home is losing energy and where opportunities for improvement are. That report will also include an energy savings plan with an estimated rebate amount and a quote to complete the work. Choose a contractor who understands home performance. You can find a list of SMUD participating contractors in your area by clicking here.

What Will Be Assessed?

  • Utility bills (can be utilized to pinpoint problems)
  • Air leakage (infiltration rate)
  • Attic, floor, and wall insulation
  • Windows
  • Whole house approach Thermal barrier (the thermal boundary of your home)
  • Heating and cooling (HVAC) system
  • Duct sizing and leakage
  • Water heater
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide alarm

This whole-house approach recognizes the interaction of windows, attics, foundations, mechanical equipment, and other components within the home. Changes in one or a more of these components can change how other components perform. If you choose a home performance upgrade, you can reduce your energy costs while improving your comfort and enhancing the indoor air quality in your home. From a homeowner’s perspective, an energy efficient home is likely to be more marketable—especially if you can show the prospective buyers your low energy bills. Below are each of the assessment areas in detail.

Your utility bills

One of the first steps of a home performance audit is to look at the utility bills. From the bill, you could approximate how much you are spending on the water heater, the furnace, air conditioner, and all electrical usage. This helps determine potential areas of improvement. Utility bills would include both electric and gas usage. SMUD encourages costumers to provide their billing history to the contractors to help them better analyze your home. But it is not mandatory that you provide these documents. The graph below represents each month’s electrical usage for a year. From this, you can identify how much of your bill is air conditioning by determining the base load. The base load is a term used to identify the amount of energy used by everything except air conditioning.

Electrical Graph

In this example, you can identify the base load in the months of November through February. In those months you typically don’t use your air conditioning to cool your home. The average electric usage for that period is about $50/month. Subtracting the base load (the green line), i.e., $50 per month, for a 12-month period, from a total electric bill of $1,370, would give you a total of $1,170 electric usage for that year. This same process could be applied to the gas bill.

Homes that have been upgraded by the SMUD Home Performance contractor cost significantly less to heat and cool
Average home energy savings range from 10-30%, but can be as high as 50-60% (combined savings per utility can be obtained)
View your utility bills online

Air leakage (infiltration rate)

Air Leakage and Air sealing

In typical homes, air-leaks are often found in cracks, small holes, and penetrations for plumbing, wiring, lighting and duct-work. Together, these leaks can add-up to as much air loss as an partially open window. This can increase your utility bill and reduce your comfort. Sealing a home’s envelope—its exterior walls, ceiling, and floors—is an important step in controlling the indoor environment and lowering energy bills. The goal is to reduce air leakage as much as possible while providing ventilation as needed for fresh air. In other words, “build it tight and ventilate it right.”

Benefits of air sealing

Improved comfort: To eliminate drafts that you feel during the winter and reduce heat loss, all unsealed cracks and holes must be sealed to make your home tighter which will result in increasing your comfort.
Lower utility bills: Air leakage and improperly installed insulation can waste 20% or more of the energy used to heat or cool a your home. With effective air sealing and insulation, heating and cooling systems will not need to work as hard.
Improved indoor air quality: A tighter home envelope reduces the humidity, dust, pollen and pests that can enter the home and helps improve indoor air quality.
Increased durability: When warm air leaks through your home’s floors, walls, and attic, it can come in contact with cooler surfaces and cause condensation. This encourages mold growth, ruins insulation, and can compromise the structural elements of the home.
Weather stripping

To improve the performance of your home and reduce your heat loss in the winter or heat gain in the summer, weather-stripping around movable building components, such as doors or operable windows, is highly recommended. For stationary components, caulk or foam are the appropriate material for filling cracks and gaps. Before applying weather stripping, your contractor will assess your ventilation needs.

Windows

Windows are another significant source of leaks, especially in older homes. If your home has very old and/or inefficient windows, it might be more cost-effective to replace them than try to improve their energy efficiency. Improving window performance in your home involves design, selection, and installation. The vantage of your home architectural style, it may be better to rebuild your windows instead of replacing them. Consult with your local historical preservation society for more details. SMUD offers up to $1,000 for replacing windows with qualifying new windows – Talk to your contractors for more details and/or check the smud.org website for qualified windows.

Thermal barrier

Thermal barriers create a thermal break between the inner and outer sides of your home’s envelope. Thermal barriers reduce heat loss and/or heat gain to and from the conditioned space. One of the most confusing aspects of home performance for a homeowner to understand is the role of insulation, which includes how it works both on its own and in conjunction with air sealing. You Home Performance contractor can educate you about why SMUD recommends that air sealing be completed as part of each home performance job, and why abiding by that recommendation may require the removal of improperly installed, wet, or contaminated insulation, and completing proper air sealing in the attic – specially on the attic floor. Depending on the condition of the insulation and the amount of air sealing that needs to be conducted to meet SMUD air infiltration targets, it may be necessary to remove some or all existing insulation to access the attic floor, after which the insulation could be replaced or re-installed and supplemented with new insulation to reach R-38. SMUD requires that in attics that are contaminated (e.g., wet or containing rodent detritus, etc.), existing insulation must be removed from the home and disposed of, the attic must be cleaned, and the new insulation installation must meet the HPP R-38 requirement. Before installing insulation, it is critical to properly air seal those areas that your contractor is going to insulate. There are two barriers for any building that help it retain a comfortable temperature: air barriers (like dry wall, plywood, and glass) and thermal barriers (insulation). Both should completely encapsulate your home and be continuous with each other — If you have a hot or cold house that is drafty, that is a clue they’re probably not and anyone who only installs insulation without air sealing is wasting your money.

Heating and cooling (HVAC) system

Sealing air leaks and installing right-sized, energy efficient heating, and cooling equipment can dramatically increase the comfort level in your home and can help to control the development of mold. Heating and cooling your home uses more energy and costs more money than any other system in your home — typically comprising about 50% of your utility bill. No matter what kind of heating and cooling system you have in your house, you can save on utility bills and increase your comfort by properly maintaining and upgrading your equipment. However, an energy efficient appliance alone will not significantly impact your energy bills as much as the whole house approach. Through upgrades and proper equipment maintenance together with recommended insulation, air sealing and thermostat settings, you can lower your energy use for heating and cooling and reduce environmental emissions. Within the HPP, SMUD also offers rebates for installing energy efficient air conditioners and electric heat pumps. Once your contractor performs air sealing and improves the building envelope insulation, your home’s heating and cooling needs are reduced. This means that the new Air Conditioning unit can keep the home cool with a lower cooling capacity, further reducing your electricity bills and increasing home comfort. The SMUD Home Performance Program provides additional incentives for reducing the tonnage of the air conditioning system.

Duct sizing and sealing

The efficiency of air distribution systems has been found to be 30-40% loss in many houses because of insufficient and/or poorly installed duct insulation and leaks in the duct system. Duct Sizing and Sealing Air, that you paid for, to heat and cool to comfort you and your family shouldn’t be pouring into your crawlspace, attic, walls or other uninhabited areas. Leaky ducts waste energy, increase utility bills, and decrease home comfort. Testing and sealing your duct-work can trim your energy costs, make your home more comfortable, and reduce indoor air pollution. Sealed, right sized, and insulated duct-work — in addition to a properly sealed and insulated home — also allow you to install the right sized heating system for your home and not over-sized system to compensate for inefficiencies. Ask your contractor to help you determine the system that is right for your home.

Water heater

Water heating is the second largest energy expense in your home. It typically accounts for about 18% of your gas utility bill (for electric DWH %.) There are four ways to cut your water heating bills: use less hot water, turn down the thermostat on your water heater, insulate your water heater or buy a new, more efficient model. DWH

Water heating tips that can save you money

  • Install low flow faucets and shower-heads.
  • Repair leaky faucets promptly.
  • Set thermostat on your water heater to 120°F to get comfortable hot water for most uses.
  • Insulate your electric hot-water storage tank.
  • Insulate your natural gas or oil hot-water storage tank.
  • Insulate the first six feet of the hot and cold water pipes connected to the water heater.
  • Install heat traps on the hot and cold pipes at the water heater.

Although most water heaters last 10 to 15 years, it’s best to start shopping now for a new one if yours is more than seven years old. Doing some research before your heater fails will enable you to select one that most appropriately meets your needs. SMUD offers rebate for upgrading your electric water heater. Talk to your contractors for more details and/or check the smud.org website for qualified water heaters.

Hot water system insulation

An insulation blanket can make some water heaters more energy efficient. If your water heater is located in unconditioned space i.e., a garage, basement or attic, or you don’t want added heat, your home performance contractor may recommend installing an R-11 or better heavy blanket. The higher the R value, the thicker the blanket and the more insulating power. An insulation blanket is not recommended for a water heater located where its lost heat could be utilized. Nor is a blanket necessary if you have a new water heater that is factory insulated with R-16 or better (the factory-installed insulation is located between the metal shell and the tank, so don’t worry if you can’t see it.) The manufacturer’s label will tell you how much insulation your water heater contains. You can purchase a water-heater insulation blanket as a kit based on the size of the heater — 30 gallons, 40 gallons, 50 gallons, and so on. The kit contains a blanket that’s finished with white vinyl on the outside and raw insulation on the inside and enough adhesive tape to finish the seams.

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

The leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in North America is carbon monoxide (CO). It is odorless, tasteless, invisible and heavier than air – it’s a silent killer. The only safe way to know if carbon monoxide is present is to install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home and in sleeping areas. Smoke detectors are also a life savers and save a thousand of life a year.

Conclusion

At the completion of each home performance project, your home will be much more comfortable and provide you with much better indoor air quality and will use less energy by incorporating these home energy saving measures.

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When is Window Repair Better Than Window Replacement in Sacramento? http://www.calenergyexteriors.com/industry-news/when-is-window-repair-better-than-window-replacement-in-sacramento/ http://www.calenergyexteriors.com/industry-news/when-is-window-repair-better-than-window-replacement-in-sacramento/#comments Tue, 19 Nov 2013 07:15:18 +0000 http://www.calenergyexteriors.com/?p=1241 Continue reading ]]> when-is-window-repair-better-than-window-replacement-in-sacramentoWindows come in all kinds of sizes, shapes, and materials. They can be made of vinyl, wood, metal, and even fiberglass. However, regardless of the type you choose, time will come when they will eventually need to be repaired or replaced. HouseLogic.com notes that there are instances when repair makes more sense than replacement:

Your windows are drafty, look worn out, and are just plain cranky to operate. So you’re thinking it’s time for new windows, especially since the energy savings will help offset their steep cost. Think again. That’s one of the biggest mistakes homeowners make: Believing that the cost of new windows is worth it because of energy savings. New windows aren’t the best cure for reducing your energy bills. Simpler and significantly cheaper projects, such as sealing all your home’s air leaks, will have much more impact.

The most common problems that homeowners experience with their windows include rotting frames, broken glass, hard-to-open rails, and broken seals, to name a few. For rotting wood frames, HouseLogic.com recommends repair “if the damage is spotty,” and replacement “if the frames are thoroughly rotten.” For broken panes, the website has this to say: “Replace inexpensive vinyl windows. Repair vintage, aluminum-clad, and multi-pane custom windows that could cost upwards of $500 each to replace.”

Though these are valid suggestions that generally work in many situations, you must remember that the extent of a window problem can vary from house to house, and even from window to window. Such tips might be inapplicable to your particular situation. The best way to know for sure if your windows need repair or replacement is to have a good Sacramento window replacement company visit your home and evaluate the current state of your windows.

If you live in a decades-old home, installing new windows might diminish its rustic appeal. Try to restore the old ones instead—scraping, sanding, and sealing vintage wood windows only takes a professional about an hour or two. The crews of Sacramento window repair specialists like California Energy Consultant Service have several years of experience and training for this type of restoration under their belts.

Don’t try to do the task yourself, as this might result in bigger and more expensive damage. Rest assured, if you have a true window professional like California Energy Consultant Service do the repair work for you, you’ll be thoroughly impressed.

(Article Excerpt and Image from Repair or Replace Your Old Windows?, House Logic)

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5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Replacing Your Windows http://www.calenergyexteriors.com/windows/5-common-mistakes-to-avoid-when-replacing-your-windows/ http://www.calenergyexteriors.com/windows/5-common-mistakes-to-avoid-when-replacing-your-windows/#comments Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:57:06 +0000 http://www.calenergyexteriors.com/?p=179 Continue reading ]]> Replacing the worn windows in your Sacramento home can help to improve energy efficiency, and save you money along the way on your utilities bill. Failing to take the appropriate steps in replacing your windows, however, could lead to costly mistakes. If you are considering home window replacement, you’ll want to avoid making these 5 mistakes often made by homeowners.

1. Using Cost as Your Only Determining Factor When Replacing Windows

Not all windows are created equal. While it may be easiest to make your decision about home window replacement by looking at the price tag, the truth is that you may end up buying a window that is as ineffective or worse than the one you are replacing.

Instead of buying the cheapest or most expensive windows available, it is advised that you utilize the services of a reputable company like California Energy Consultant Service when replacing home windows in Sacramento. They’ll help you identify the best type of window for your home and climate.

2. Trying to Replace the Windows without the Help of a Specialist

While a do-it-yourself mentality could save you hundreds in most areas of home improvement, it could cost you thousands when it comes to window replacement.

Unlike other areas of home improvement, window replacement is something that you’ll do maybe once or twice during the time that you own your home. With energy efficiency being a relatively new concept, it’s best to contact the experts to replace home windows in Sacramento County.

3. Improperly Installing Your Replacement Windows

Simply buying the best and most energy-efficient windows for your home does not guarantee that you’ll save money on your utility bills in the future. In fact, one of the most common mistakes made by those replacing home windows in Sacramento is that of improper installation. Poorly installed windows can cause windows to have shorter life spans, have difficulty opening and closing, and ultimately decrease the energy efficiency of your home.

In order to ensure proper installation of your new replacement windows, you’ll want to make sure you hire a company that has service technicians trained and authorized by the window manufacturer.

For those looking for home window replacement in Sacramento, El Dorado Hills, or any other nearby city, California Energy Consultant Service technicians are trained and authorized by such window companies as Simonton, Milgard, Ply Gem, and Marvin.

4. Opting for Off-Brand Replacement Windows

When selecting replacement windows for your home, it is always advised that you go with what it is known to be reliable. Although buying off-brand items can help you save money in many other areas, it is not advised when buying replacement windows.

Your replacement windows will have a rather large impact on the energy efficiency of your home, and will influence your energy bills for years to come. By buying off-brand windows, you may have a hard time finding those windows or necessary replacement parts in the future.

Some quality brands for replacement windows include the following:

  • Simonton
  • Marvin
  • Ply Gem
  • Milgard

5. Failing to Ask Your Hired Specialist Questions

When shopping for replacement windows for homes in Sacramento, it is important to ask your hired specialists as many questions as necessary. Remember, no question is stupid, and you should be able to feel comfortable knowing that you hired the right team for the job. At California Energy Consultant Service, we encourage you to ask as many questions as necessary before, during, and after the home window replacement process.

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3 Recommended Choices for Window Replacements http://www.calenergyexteriors.com/windows/3-recommended-choices-for-window-replacements/ http://www.calenergyexteriors.com/windows/3-recommended-choices-for-window-replacements/#comments Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:54:02 +0000 http://www.calenergyexteriors.com/?p=177 Continue reading ]]> Are you looking to replace the old windows in your Sacramento home, but you aren’t sure which ones to choose? While there are many styles to pick from, you’re going to want a window that saves you on energy costs, and also fits your design needs.

Three great window designs to consider include:

  • Casement windows
  • Sliding windows
  • Double-Hung windows

1. Casement Windows

Casement windows are the most popular choice of people who own homes in Sacramento County. Theses windows are operated by a turning crank, and unlike most other windows, the glass has no internal siding. This gives you an unobstructed view when looking in or out of it. Two popular types of casement windows are:

Simonton Vinyl Windows—Sacramento homeowners love these windows because they are made with standard Low-E glass, they’re sturdy, and they are scratch resistant.

Marvin Casement Windows—Sacramento homeowners enjoy these windows in their homes because they’re made from natural wood, have strong protective shells, and require no painting!

2. Sliding Windows

Sliding windows are made of fixed pane glass that moves along a track. These windows are great for both traditional homes and modern homes alike. For example, Simonton Sliding Windows come in a variety of styles for Sacramento homeowners to pick from, including:

  • Colonial
  • Victorian
  • Queen Anne
  • Perimeter Single
  • Perimeter Double
  • Double Queen Anne

So where should you put your new sliding windows? Well, the great thing about sliding windows is that they’re space savers, making them perfect for decks, patios, and walkways. Also, they are durable and require little maintenance. Their Low-E glass gives them high insulation and makes them energy efficient.

3. Double Hung Windows

When people are looking for window replacements in Sacramento, California energy consultants California Energy Consultant Service recommends double hung windows. These windows are rectangle in shape and hang vertically. These windows have upper and lower window sashes, which provide Sacramento homeowners with both top and bottom ventilation. This window style is one of the most traditional ones to choose from, but is also compatible with most home designs.

These great windows also have a number of options you can choose from to allow you to customize them exactly how you want them. Select from:

  • Two grid colors: white and tan
  • Two grid types: flat and sculptured
  • Assortment of grid styles: Victorian, Queen Anne, and Double Queen Anne

Another useful feature about double hung windows is the variety of glass styles available on the market. California Energy Consultant Service is the premier Sacramento window replacement specialists to offer their customers a wide selection of state of the art glass, including:

  • Kool Bronze
  • Tempered
  • Obscure
  • Glue Chip
  • Rain
  • Delta
  • Clear Flemish 42

So if you’re in the market for replacement windows for your Sacramento home, you’re definitely going to want to consider these three options. Casement windows, sliding windows, and double hung windows are excellent choices when it comes to energy efficiency and beauty.

To get the best service and options contact a trusted Sacramento home window replacement company like California Energy Consultant Service. We have the expertise to ensure your replacement job is done right and cost effectively.

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5 Signs That It’s Time To Replace Your Windows http://www.calenergyexteriors.com/windows/5-signs-that-its-time-to-replace-your-windows/ http://www.calenergyexteriors.com/windows/5-signs-that-its-time-to-replace-your-windows/#comments Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:50:43 +0000 http://www.calenergyexteriors.com/?p=175 Continue reading ]]> When was the last time you replaced the windows in your home? Home window replacement could save you a good amount of money on your energy bills, and even increase the value of your home.

Depending on when you purchased your home, you may or may not know when your current windows were installed. That’s why Sacramento home window replacement company California Energy Consultant Service recommend that you take note of 5 particular signs to help you know when home window replacement is necessary.

1. You commonly feel a draft inside your home

If you feel a draft or breeze in your home, particularly when you are near your windows, there’s a good chance that you’re in need of a home window replacement. The following issues typically cause drafts in your Sacramento County home:

  • Poor or improper sealing around the windows of your home
  • The sealing around your windows is old and worn
  • Your windows are not closing properly

Windows that don’t close or have poor or worn-down sealing can cause your energy bills to increase, regardless of the season. In warmer months, they’ll cause cold air from your air conditioner units to escape your home. In colder months, your heating bill will be higher than it should be due to the loss of heat through your windows.

2. You notice moisture buildup after a storm

Whether there’s condensation between your windowpanes or a pool of water on your windowsill or nearby floor, you are dire need of home window repair or home window replacement.

Give California Energy Consultant Service a call for home windows replacement in Sacramento, El Dorado, San Joaquin or any other nearby county. Having a professional upgrade your weather-stripping can sometimes solve moisture buildup. However, it may be cheaper and more effective in the long run to simply have your windows replaced, as moisture buildup could lead to rotted or warped window frames.

3. Your window frames are starting to deteriorate

Rotted or warped window frames are a very good indication that it is time for home window replacement. While rotting or warped window frames can be easy to spot with the naked eye, the damage may not always be visible.

One of the easiest ways to determine if your window frames are starting to decay is to take a metal object with a flat surface, such as a knife or screwdriver, and press it against the wood of your windowsill. If it easily presses into your wood, then it’s time you looked into a full window and frame replacement.

4. There are cracks in your window glass

Believe it or not: even the smallest crack in your window glass could be driving up your energy costs. Such cracks will cause hot or cold drafts to enter from the outside, and cold or heated air to escape your home.

The last thing you need is to have a small crack worsen in the middle of a chilly December night in Sacramento. That’s why it is important to have the window replaced if there is any sign of a crack in the glass.

5. You have a hard time opening and closing your windows

If your windows are tough to open or close, it may be due to improper installation, warping, or other issues. While these windows may seem to be more of a nuisance than anything else, it is likely that they could also be having problems with the following:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Durability
  • Appearance

If you have one or more windows that are a struggle to open or close, then you’d likely benefit by having them repaired or replaced.

If you notice any of these signs in your home windows, contact a trusted Sacramento home window replacement company like California Energy Consultant Service today for a consultation. Replacing these windows will improve the look and value of your home, and more importantly, lower your energy bills.

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Tired of Paying High Utility Bills? Save Money with Replacement Windows http://www.calenergyexteriors.com/windows/tired-of-paying-high-utility-bills-save-money-with-replacement-windows/ http://www.calenergyexteriors.com/windows/tired-of-paying-high-utility-bills-save-money-with-replacement-windows/#comments Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:46:07 +0000 http://www.calenergyexteriors.com/?p=171 Continue reading ]]> You can save up to $465 a year by using Energy Star certified windows! That’s right! By choosing the right kind of home window replacements for your Sacramento home, your energy bills will drop drastically. You simply need to understand the different kinds of window styles and features to choose from.

Three types of window styles for you to consider include:

  • Double Hung Windows
  • Sliding Windows
  • Casement Windows

How Double Hung Windows Can Save You Money

Window replacement professionals in Sacramento agree: double hung windows are a great choice for energy efficiency.

Some of their features include:

  • Easy access for cleaning
  • Traditional look
  • Conveniently fit into most window spaces

If you decide on double hung windows for your Yolo County home, you want to make sure they are Energy Star certified. Energy Star is a government agency that verifies for consumers like you whether a product is energy efficient and good for the environment.

How Sliding Windows Can Save You Money

Sliding windows are double paned windows that slide back and forth on a grid. According to studies by Energy Star, switching from a single pane window to a double pane window can save you up to $111 a year on your energy bills.

Double pane glass is a preferred window replacement because the outside protects your home from external conditions. In between the inside panel of glass is a pocket of air that widens the gap between the outside panel and the inside panel. The result is a more controlled temperature in your home.

Sliding windows also have a number of great home benefits, including saving you space. Our Sacramento window replacement specialists at California Energy Consultant Service often install these windows in the following areas of your home:

  • Patios
  • Decks
  • Walkways

Sliding windows are also a preferred choice of Sacramento homeowners because they have a wide choice of designs.

These styles include:

  • Victorian
  • Colonial
  • Queen Anne

With sliding windows you get both savings and style in one!

How Casement Windows Can Save You Money

Casement windows are crank operated and give you an unobstructed view because they do not have internal siding.  But what is really great about these windows is the low-E coating on their glass.

Low-E stands for low-emissivity. In other words, the special spray applied to these glass panes prevent heat or cool air from seeping out of the interior of your home. This low-E feature on casement windows ensures you don’t have to increase your heat or air-conditioning due to loss of temperature.

Some popular types of casement windows include:

  • Simonton Vinyl Windows
  • Marvin Casement Windows

Sacramento home window replacement  professionals recommend any of these three types of windows. They’re especially great picks if you’re looking to save money on your energy bills. These three windows come with all the great energy saving features like double-pane glass, Energy Star certified, and low-E coated glass.

Whether you live in Yolo County or West Sacramento, the window replacement pros at Cal Energy can come to your home today and fit your home with energy saving windows. Contact us today and find out why we’re the best when it comes to window replacement and installation.

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Want the Best Windows for Energy Efficacy? http://www.calenergyexteriors.com/energy-efficiency/want-the-best-windows-for-energy-efficacy/ http://www.calenergyexteriors.com/energy-efficiency/want-the-best-windows-for-energy-efficacy/#comments Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:44:20 +0000 http://www.calenergyexteriors.com/?p=168 Continue reading ]]> Consider Windows with These 3 Features

Would you like to see the cost of your energy bills go down? Well, you can make that dream a reality by buying energy efficient replacement windows for your home. Your windows are a major source of protection from the outside weather conditions in the warmest and coldest months in Sacramento.

Knowing the kind of features to look for in energy saving replacement windows is important in decreasing the cost of your energy bills. So when shopping for energy efficient windows you want to make sure they have these three types of features:

  • They are Dual paned
  • Made with Low-E glass
  • Certified by Energy Star

Knowing how each of these features will save you money on your energy bills will make you a smart consumer and guarantee that your window-shopping excursion is a successful one. So before you purchase any of the above three window styles for your Sacramento home, make sure you know about the energy saving features they come with.

What are Dual Paned Windows?

Certain windows are made with a single pane of glass, while others are made with two panes of glass. A window with two panes of glass is known as a dual paned window. Dual paned windows are the best kinds of windows when it comes to energy efficacy.

Dual paned windows block out cold or hot air and maintain temperatures in your Sacramento home far better than single pane windows. That is because these windows have an air pocket between the two panes of glass. These pockets acts like a buffer between the temperatures indoors and outdoors, which ensures your home is energy efficient, and you’re spared from the hassle of installing plastic sheeting or storm windows.

What is Low E-Glass? 

Low-e stands for low-emissivity. This type of glass is coated with a special sealant that gives your window’s glass extra insulation. Replacement windows that are not made with low-e are susceptible to cold and hot air seeping through them. When outside temperatures can penetrate your home, you’re forced to raise the heat or turn on the air-conditioning. As a result, your energy bills go up.

What Make Something Energy Star Certified?

You want to find a replacement window that is Energy Star certified. This is a certification given by the government for products they believe are energy efficient. Energy Star certified windows are known to save Sacramento homeowners money and are good for the environment.

In fact, Energy Star says their certified windows will save you the following:

  • $126 to $465 a year on your energy bills
  • $27 to $111 if you switch from single pane windows to double pane windows

If you’re living in the Sacramento area you’re going to want to talk to the premier Sacramento home window replacement company in California Energy Consultant Service. We have a team of energy consultants you can speak with about your needs.

We also offer Double-Hung Windows, Single-Hung Windows, and Sliding Windows with all three of the energy saving features discussed above. Even better, we have trained specialists readily available to install new replacement windows in your Sacramento County home quick and easy.

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