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Hawthorne, California Window Replacement

Last updated on 11/15/2019

Hawthorne window replacement is not something people in the Los Angeles area tend to think about very much. Most people consider a California window replacement project when they feel cold air entering the home through drafty glass. With the warm weather you'll find here, though, you probably won't be thinking about a replacement of your glass very often. Still, a Hawthorne window replacement can provide benefits for those in really warm climates, too, by preventing the infrared rays from the sun from entering the home and negating the benefits from air conditioning. This ability to keep your home cooler while also using less energy will be a primary benefit.

Building to Energy Codes

As you're considering a Hawthorne window replacement, keep in mind that you may have to follow certain levels of building codes and energy codes in southern CA. If you're doing any level of remodeling, for example, that involves some sort of Hawthorne window replacement, you may need to follow some local and state regulations for how strong the energy efficiency window for the frames must be. With an older home or building, the structures are "grandfathered" in to allow the original glass to remain in place. However, as soon as you undergo some sort of remodeling, the structure's glass must be upgraded in most CA cities to meet the energy codes.

When performing a Hawthorne window replacement, you will need to follow codes related to the area of the country in which you live. Most of California has the same energy code requirements for the U-factor measurement, as well as for the SGHC (solar heat gain coefficient). These measurements are part of the way that governmental organizations monitor the features that the glass offers. Because these features vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, these measurements give the industry a method for standardization. The window replacement materials that you select must adhere to these codes.

The U-factor is a method for measuring the amount of heat that is lost through the glass in the window. This measurement is based on a scale of zero to one, and the fractions that are closer to zero equal a Hawthorne window replacement product that does a better job of reducing the heat lost through the glass. For a double pane window, the U-factor should be around 0.50 or lower in the state of California to meet the energy codes, and it should be around 0.30 or lower for a triple pane replacement window.

Most people who will perform a Hawthorne window replacement probably won't want to go through the added expense of selecting triple pane replacement glass. After all, triple pane products are more beneficial for people living in areas of extreme cold, which doesn't apply to the Hawthorne area. For those people living here, a double pane replacement window should provide enough of a benefit and should result in a better value than more extensive options.

The SGHC measurement gives an indication of how many of the various types of solar rays can penetrate the glass and enter the home. For example, this measurement shows how well the Hawthorne window replacement products are able to keep infrared and ultraviolet rays out of the home. Infrared rays can cause the home to have too much heat in the summer time, and ultraviolet rays can cause furniture to fade. The right type of new glass can help block these rays.

Energy Savings in Hawthorne

Hawthorne is part of southwestern Los Angeles County, and it is a city of about 85,000 people. The weather in this area of southern CA is extremely mild and dry most of the time, although highs in the summer can reach temperatures in the mid-80s and 90s. Keeping your home cool in these conditions can be difficult, at least without a good set of windows and an energy efficient air conditioner.

Hawthorne has its own small municipal airport, but it's also just a few miles from the Los Angeles International Airport, giving residents here plenty of access to easy travel. Those who live in Hawthorne also have relatively quick access to the Pacific Ocean, with Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach being just a few miles away. This area of the state of California has plenty of entertainment options as well, making Hawthorne a desirable place to live.

With a Hawthorne window replacement, you'll have a good chance to see your investment returned to you in a variety of ways. For example, through the lower air conditioning bills that you may experience after performing this type of project, you'll steadily receive some of the money you spent on the project returned to you. You'll also receive a greater value with your home with new glass, allowing you to receive a better price when you prepare to sell your home.

Hawthorne, California U-Factor and SHGC Ratings for Replacement Windows

When shopping for replacement windows in Hawthorne, California - located in Los Angeles County - it is extremely important to purchase windows with the correct u-factor and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) as rated by Energy Star.

Energy Star determines the u-factor and SHGC that will give you the most energy efficienct window replacement based on your zip code's climate zone.

The climate zone assigned to your zip code takes into account how extreme the seasons are in your area of California. How warm and cold it gets where you live determines how well your new windows will need to keep out the cold air and the hot sun.

California, unlike most states, has many micro-climates. Due to these micro-climates most counties and cities in California have more than one climate zone. Therefore most CA cities and counties have more than one u-factor and solar heat gain coefficient rating depending upon which particular climate zone your zip code is in.

Below, you will find a table with the climate zones and corresponding u-factor and SHGC ratings for Hawthorne, California and Hawthorne's nearby cities and zip codes.

The climate zone, u-factor and SHGC listed for your zip code in Los Angeles County will help you to determine which replacement windows will maximize energy savings for your home.

To find the Energy Star recommended u-factor and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) for your city in the Hawthorne metro area, simply do the following:

  1. Find your city name in the left most column under "Cities and Zips".
  2. Under your city name, locate your zip code.
    1. If you don't see your zip code, scroll down to the next "Cities and Zips" heading and locate your city again. Then find your zip code.
  3. Find your climate zone in the orange box to the right of the column with your city name and zip code combination.
  4. Under the orange box with your climate zone, find the dark grey box with the product you are looking for - window replacements, new doors, or skylights.
  5. Under the product type, you will find the best u-factor and shgc as determined by Energy Star.
  6. When getting quotes from contractors, be sure that your window replacements, new skylights, and/or replacement doors have these ratings to maximize energy efficiency in your home.

Cities and Zips
El Segundo
Harbor City
Hermosa Beach
Manhattan Beach
Marina Del Rey
Palos Verdes Peninsula
Playa Del Rey
Redondo Beach
North-Central Climate Zone
0.30 or less 0.40 or less
0.53 or less 0.35 or less
Solid Doors (No Glass)
0.17 or less No Rating
Doors with Less than Half Glass
0.25 or less 0.25 or less
Doors with More than Half Glass
0.30 or less 0.40 or less
Cities and Zips
Beverly Hills
Culver City
Huntington Park
South-Central Climate Zone
0.30 or less 0.25 or less
0.53 or less 0.28 or less
Solid Doors (No Glass)
0.17 or less No Rating
Doors with Less than Half Glass
0.25 or less 0.25 or less
Doors with More than Half Glass
0.30 or less 0.25 or less

Remember to research thoroughly prior to making a window replacement purchase, regardless of whether you are installing the windows yourself or having them installed by a licensed professional window replacement contractor.

Hawthorne Window Suppliers

Below you will find a list of local window retailers, contractors, installers, and manufacturers in the Hawthorne area.

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 13501 Inglewood Ave # E Hawthorne, CA 90250
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 13532 Hawthorne Blvd Hawthorne, CA 90250
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 14603 Ocean Gate Ave Hawthorne, CA 90250
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