Windows Replacement in California

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California is renowned for its temperate climate, with the exception of the most southern and southeastern portions of the state.1 However, many Californians call on their air-conditioning systems in the summer to maintain a comfortable interior temperature and also on their heating systems in the winter. While energy usage in the Golden State is well below the national average — 572 kilowatt-hours as compared to 893 kWh per month — Californians also pay the second-highest per-kWh rate in the country, so conserving energy is still of utmost importance in the state.1,2

Upgrading your windows to energy-efficient options is one of the all-around best things you can do to improve your home’s efficiency. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that around 25 to 30% of your home’s heating and cooling energy usage is accounted for by heat loss and gain through windows.3 So while the cost of replacing a window in California averages around $900, most homeowners end up saving money with window replacement over time. Your specific price per window will depend on:

  • The size of your window
  • The style of your window
  • Whether your window is on a first or upper floor
  • Which window installer do you choose
  • The frame and glass materials
  • The manufacturer

You’ll also need to choose between two types of window replacement — full-frame and pocket — which can affect your costs. Full-frame replacement, as the name suggests, involves replacing the entire window, including the frame material. This costs more but also has a bigger impact on energy efficiency overall. A pocket installation involves the materials inside the frame, which is more affordable up-front but will tend to save less in energy costs over time.

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