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Selecting Replacement Windows: What Makes a Window Energy Efficient

Selecting Replacement Windows: What Makes a Window Energy Efficient

When you’re beginning your project for replacement windows in Sheridan, energy efficiency should top your priority list. That’s because inefficient windows can be responsible for the largest heating and cooling loss in your residence.

They can release as much as 30% of your heating and cooling, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. So, it’s essential that your replacement windows are the smartest option for the climate in Sheridan.

In designing your new windows, here are a few things to consider.

Window Panes: One, Two or Three?

Window panes are one of the most critical components of an energy-efficient window. We recommend choosing at minimum double-pane windows, as single-pane windows are very inefficient. They’re also predisposed to seeping air and influencing your home’s comfort.

If your budget allows it, upgrading to ENERGY STAR® windows will help decrease energy costs and save you more money over the long run. That’s due to the fact they work hard to keep your residence’s temp in balance, no matter the climate outside.

On average, ENERGY STAR says regular residences that install these windows can save*:

  • $101–$583 annually when replacing single-pane windows.
  • $27–$197 annually when replacing double-pane, clear glass windows.

Over the life span of your windows, those savings can really collect. And you can also feel good being aware you’re helping minimize greenhouse gas emissions, which helps shield the environment.

Energy efficiency matters to us at Pella. That’s why we’ve associated ourselves with ENERGY STAR since 1999 and have windows that meet or exceed certification in all 50 states. Windows from our Architect Series®, Lifestyle Series, 350 Series and 250 Series made the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2020 list. This means they’re among the most efficient that you can buy.

Enhance Your Windows with Glass Options

Adding special coatings and gas between window panes can keep your home comfier while keeping out additional ultraviolet rays. Regardless of where you live, Pella offers an InsulShield® glass option that will work with your individual climate.

Choosing the Right Window Frame Material

When selecting your updated windows, you’ll have several materials to pick from. Here’s how they rate for energy efficiency:

  • Top insulation: Wood windows stack up very well for insulation, since wood intrinsically transfers a lesser amount of heat and cold.
  • High durability: Our exclusive fiberglass windows insulate similarly to wood, along with the fact they won’t melt or break down when exposed to temperature shifts. Designed for lasting durability, Pella’s proprietary fiberglass is the strongest material available for windows.**
  • Budget-friendly: Our vinyl windows are made to match your budget while keeping your house energy-efficient. Including numerous chambers, these frames help reduce heat loss and increase efficiency.

Quality Window Installation is Essential

Good installation is just as important as the glass and window frame material you pick for your new windows.

That’s why you’ll want to choose with a company like Pella of Sheridan, who is knowledgeable about this service. We follow exclusive installation methods to assure your new windows are a great fit. This avoids gaps and cracks that can allow in moisture and air that impact your comfort.

You can also depend on our team to respect your home during your no-mess, no-guess installation day. They’ll clean up after they’re done and will even get rid of your old windows.

Want to design energy-efficient windows for your residence? Your local Pella of Sheridan experts are available to help you. Contact us at 307-429-0175 right away to get started!

*Ranges are based on the average savings among homes in modeled cities. Actual savings will vary based on local climate conditions, utility rates and individual home characteristics.

**Pella's proprietary fiberglass material has displayed superior strength over wood, vinyl, aluminum, wood/plastic composites and other fiberglass materials used by leading national brands in tensile and 3-point bend tests performed in accordance with ASTM D638 and D790 testing standards.

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