Otero County, Colorado

Home Building Efficiency Report

Change Location
US Climate Zone Map
4B – Mixed Dry

Otero County, Colorado is located within the Mixed Dry climate zone, which also has the designation of #4B. The US Department of Energy has split the United States into eight zones to help in creating optimal building practices to achieve the most energy savings within homes.

A mixed-dry climate is defined as a region that receives less than 20 inches (50 cm) of annual precipitation, has approximately 5,400 heating degree days (65°F basis) or less, and where the average monthly outdoor temperature drops below 45°F (7°C) during the winter months.

Best Energy Saving Products

We've outlined a handful of building products that should be tailored for homes specifically in your Colorado county. We detail the recommendations, how to interpret them, and then some of the more popular brands that meet or exceed those energy-saving standards.

Windows in Otero County are expected to have a U-Factor of 0.3 or less. The lower the U-Factor value of a window, the better it is at keeping heat inside the home.

The expected Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) of windows installed in Otero County should be equal to or less than 0.4. This value measures how well a product can resist unwanted solar heat gain, which is important in the warmer summer months.

Climate Zone Window U-Factor Skylight U-Factor Glazed SHGC Air Leakage
4B – Mixed Dry
0.3 0.55 0.4 ≤5

Any new or replacement window will be better at preserving energy than an old leaky one. Double paned windows with argon gas are the most energy efficient, but also the most expensive.

Manufacturer Product Type Material Installation Price U-Factor* SHGC*
350 Series Casement, Double Hung, Single Hung, Awning, Sliding Vinyl New 0.24-0.29 0.14-0.41
Siteline Casement, Double Hung, Fixed, Bay, Sliding, Awning Wood, Clad-Wood New, Replacement 0.18-0.47 0.18-0.67
Elevate Casement, Double Hung, Bay, Awning, Picture Wood Interior, Fiberglass Exterior New 0.2-0.43 0.18-0.56
Renewal Casement, Double Hung, Awning, Bay, Gliding, Picture Vinyl Replacement 0.25-0.32 0.14-0.45
EpicVue Casement, Fixed, Awning Clad Wood New, Replacement 0.18-0.47 0.18-0.64

View All Windows »

* Each product has various options that impact energy performance.