California Windows Replacement Guide
June 28, 2010
When it comes to climate diversity, California residents enjoy the best of all worlds. From the Mexico border to the Oregon state line, California offers a pleasant year-round climate along the coast, hot and dry summers inland, and cold and snowy mountain weather on the eastern edge of the Golden State. When you consider replacements for your California windows, it's best to ask an expert with installation experience to recommend the best match for your local weather and your type of home.
California homeowners face a wide range of weather challenges based on where they reside. Along the coast, windows can be battered by high winds and subject to high moisture and fog. In the valleys and foothills, summer temperatures climb into the 100+ degree range, when you need superior protection from bright sun and insulation to keep cool air inside. In the Sierras, residents depend on well-insulated windows to keep winter heating where it belongs--inside your home. For California windows, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends a minimum U-Factor of 0.40 and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) of 0.40.
Replacement windows offer exceptional value today when you consider both the savings on your heating and air conditioning costs along with the 2010 energy tax credits available to California residents when they choose a replacement window with a U-Factor rating of 0.3 or lower. Under the federal energy stimulus package, California residents can receive 30% (up to $1,500) in tax credits applied against the materials cost of ENERGY STAR replacement windows. The rebate does not apply to new window installation costs.
Replacing your windows now can protect both your home and your pocketbook.