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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 greatest heating and cooling loss in your residence.

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

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

Window Panes: One, Two or Three?

Window panes are one of the most essential pieces of an energy-efficient window. We recommend choosing at minimum double-pane windows, because single-pane windows are especially inefficient. They’re also liable to seeping air and affecting your home’s comfort.

If your budget allows it, upgrading to ENERGY STAR® windows will help decrease energy expenses and save you more money over the long run. That’s since they work hard to keep your house’s ambiance in balance, regardless of the conditions outside.

On average, ENERGY STAR says regular houses 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 cycle of your windows, those savings can really collect. And you can also feel good being aware you’re helping decrease greenhouse gas emissions, which helps shield the environment.

Energy efficiency matters to us at Pella. That’s why we’ve affiliated ourselves with ENERGY STAR since 1999 and provide 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.

Individualize Your Windows with Glass Options

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

Choosing the Right Window Frame Material

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

  • Top insulation: Wood windows stack up very good for insulation, since wood inherently transfers a lesser amount of heat and cold.
  • High durability: Our exclusive fiberglass windows insulate similarly to wood, besides they won’t melt or break down when exposed to temperature changes. 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 residence energy-efficient. With several chambers, these frames help reduce heat loss and enhance efficiency.

Quality Window Installation is Important

Excellent 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 select with a company like Pella of Sheridan, who is knowledgeable about this service. We follow exclusive installation methods to assure your new windows are an excellent fit. This avoids gaps and cracks that can allow in moisture and air that affect your comfort.

You can also trust our team to respect your home during your no-mess, no-guess installation day. They’ll clean up after they’re finished and will even haul away your old windows.

Prepared to select energy-efficient windows for your residence? Your local Pella of Sheridan experts are ready to help you. Contact us at 307-673-1135 now 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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