4 Ways to Tell If You Have Enough Window Insulation

Energy-efficient windows substantially reduce your home’s energy consumption through the reduced use of your cooling and heating systems. Your window insulation has a lot to contribute to this.

While many homeowners opt to have replacement windows in Orange County nowadays, it would be nice to know the insulation level of your existing windows. Who knows, your windows are probably deteriorating or under performing. So let’s find out if you have enough insulation at home:

You have double-pane glass.

The great thing about this is that it traps a certain amount of air, which is a good insulator in between the panes. Plus these windows insulate about twice as well as single-pane windows, allowing only half of the present heat to infiltrate the window.

There is little to no condensation.

A well-insulated window won’t show any visible signs of condensation. Condensation happens when moist, warm indoor air comes in contact with a cold surface. The bigger the difference between the inside and outside temperatures, the faster the heat travels through the window. So good insulated windows are really valuable, especially in colder seasons. They help keep you warm and dry. In summer, they can help keep your home cooler despite the extreme heat outside.

Your window’s U-factor is low.

The U-factor measures thermal conductivity. So a window with a lower U-factor is better at insulating.

Gas, low-E coating, and improved frames are present.

For double-pane windows, krypton or argon gas is used to fill the space between the two panes. These gases insulate better than air. Low-emittance coatings essentially help keep the warmth brought by the sun inside during winter.

Vinyl has proven to be a good insulator. Advanced materials like Fibrex® and vinyl, which we offer here in Renewal by Andersen®, make good investments for your Orange County window replacement. Fibrex prevents thermal transfer almost 700 times better than aluminum. It is twice as strong as vinyl yet maintains long-lasting beauty.

Given these factors, is your home properly insulated? Give us a call here at Renewal by Andersen in Orange County for your window installation needs.