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Despite being classified as temperate, the climate in San
Francisco greatly varies depending on the time of year and even where you are.
This means you have to make sure that your home’s windows are prepared to take
on whatever surprises the weather may bring.

More than affordability

There are many cases when homeowners in San Francisco
instinctively go for the cheapest windows they can find, but I think that’s
never a good idea. Cheaper windows rarely offer the same benefits as do
higher-priced alternatives, and will likely end up costing you more when you
finally decide to get something that actually works better for your home. So
what, exactly, should you look for when choosing a window?
Durability and lifespan
Naturally, you’d want windows that are tough enough to
withstand whatever punishment the San Francisco climate dishes out. This means
that your windows will possibly need to hold up well against high humidity,
strong winds, heavy rains, and even the occasional thunderstorm. A cheap window
can deteriorate in just a few years, but tougher ones such as Fibrex-framed windows can handle all but the worst weather conditions.

Insulation

San Francisco’s fogs act as the area’s natural air conditioner, which means even summer days can get very cold during
certain times of the day. You’d want to make sure that any warm air stays
inside and keeps you comfortable indoors. Keep in mind, however, that during
very warm days, the heat from the outside can make it rather humid and steamy
indoors, so your windows must also do a good job of preventing the cool air
from your air conditioning unit from leaking outside. Windows featuring
energy-efficient frames and multi-pane glass make excellent choices.
Ventilation
When the weather is just right, you can save up on heating
or air conditioning by keeping your windows open. However, you have to make
sure that your windows are big enough to let plenty of fresh air in whilst
letting the stale air out. Bigger frames will usually mean better ventilation,
but ultimately, good ventilation will also depend on the type of window you’ve
got, and where it’s placed.

Location
Where should windows be placed? Different window styles
offer different amounts of privacy, ventilation, and natural lighting. Knowing
which windows are best for specific parts of your home can make a top-quality
window function even more efficiently. For example, casement windows are great
in the bedroom and in living rooms, because they provide a good view of the
outside;  double-hung windows, on the
other hand,  don’t take much space and
make good kitchen windows.
Maintenance
While the weather in San Francisco is pleasant enough to
have your windows checked any time of the year, you’d still want to go for
options that allow for easier maintenance. This means staying away from
materials that are vulnerable to moisture (which is ever -present in the area).
If you feel you’re having trouble considering the various
factors that could affect your choice of windows, it’s best you get in touch
with a window specialist. It’s much easier to make choices when you’ve got
someone to guide you who’s familiar with how different window options fare in
San Francisco’s local climate.

Alex Esler works at leading window replacement company Renewal by Andersen as marketing
manager. Alex is always eager to share her insights on window replacement with
clients and friends through her online articles and blog posts.