Designing Replacement Windows: What Makes a Window Energy Efficient
When you’re planning your project for replacement windows in Victoria, energy efficiency should top your priority list. That’s since inefficient windows can be responsible for the biggest heating and cooling loss in your house.
They can leak 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 wisest match for the weather in Victoria.
In choosing your new windows, here are a few aspects 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 least double-pane windows, because single-pane windows are especially inefficient. They’re also subject to seeping air and impacting your residence’s comfort.
If your budget allows it, switching to ENERGY STAR® windows will help decrease heating and cooling bills and save you more money over the long run. That’s because they work hard to keep your house’s temperature in balance, despite the weather outside.
On average, ENERGY STAR says regular houses that install these windows can save*:
- $101–$583 annually when replacing single-pane windows.
- $27–$197 each year when replacing double-pane, clear glass windows.
Over the lifetime of your windows, those savings can really collect. And you can also feel good realizing you’re helping minimize greenhouse gas emissions, which helps protect the environment.
Energy efficiency matters to us at Pella. That’s why we’ve partnered with ENERGY STAR since 1999 and offer 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 install.
Customize Your Windows with Glass Options
Using special coatings and gas between window panes can keep your home cozier while keeping out additional ultraviolet rays. Regardless of where you reside, Pella has an InsulShield® glass type that will work with your individual climate.
Choosing a Fitting Window Frame Material
When creating your updated windows, you’ll have a few materials to select from. Here’s how they stack up for energy efficiency:
- Top insulation: Wood windows rank very good for insulation, because wood inherently transfers less heat and cold.
- High durability: Our exclusive fiberglass windows insulate almost identically to wood, besides they won’t melt or break down when faced with temperature swings. Designed for lasting durability, Pella’s proprietary fiberglass is the strongest material available for windows.**
- Budget-friendly: Our vinyl windows are created to match your budget while keeping your house energy-efficient. Featuring numerous chambers, these frames help decrease heat loss and boost efficiency.
Quality Window Installation Matters
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 select with a company like Pella of Victoria, who is knowledgeable about this service. We use exclusive installation methods to make sure your new windows are an excellent fit. This prevents openings and cracks that can allow in moisture and air that affect your comfort.
You can also trust our team to be thoughtful toward your residence during your no-mess, no-guess installation day. They’ll clean up after themselves and will even haul away your old windows.
Ready to design energy-efficient windows for your residence? Your local Pella of Victoria experts are available to assist you. Contact us at 250-475-1277 today 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.