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Designing Replacement Windows: What Makes a Window Energy Efficient

Designing Replacement Windows: What Makes a Window Energy Efficient

When you’re planning your project for replacement windows in Cheyenne, energy efficiency should be number one on your priority list. That’s because inefficient windows can be responsible for the largest 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 crucial that your replacement windows are the wisest solution for the temps in Cheyenne.

In choosing your new windows, here are a few points to keep in mind.

Window Panes: One, Two or Three?

Window panes are one of the most critical pieces of an energy-efficient window. We advise selecting no less than double-pane windows, due to the fact single-pane windows are very inefficient. They’re also predisposed to leaking air and impacting your residence’s comfort.

If your budget allows it, upgrading to ENERGY STAR® windows will help lower heating and cooling costs and save you more money over the long run. That’s since they work hard to keep your residence’s temperature in balance, despite the conditions outside.

On average, ENERGY STAR says typical homes that upgrade to these windows can save*:

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

Over the lifetime of your windows, those savings can really accumulate. And you can also feel good knowing you’re helping minimize greenhouse gas emissions, which helps defend the environment.

Energy efficiency is critical 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 are listed on 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 house cozier while blocking more ultraviolet rays. Wherever you reside, Pella has an InsulShield® glass type that will work with your specific climate.

Picking the Right Window Frame Material

When designing your new windows, you’ll have a few materials to pick from. Here’s how they rate for energy efficiency:

  • Top insulation: Wood windows are rated high for insulation, since wood intrinsically 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 experiencing temperature changes. Made for lasting durability, Pella’s proprietary fiberglass is the strongest material available for windows.**
  • Budget-friendly: Our vinyl windows are designed to fit your budget while keeping your home energy-efficient. Including multiple chambers, these frames help limit heat loss and boost efficiency.

Quality Window Installation is Essential

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

That’s why you’ll want to go with a company like Pella of Cheyenne, who specializes in this service. We follow exclusive installation methods to make sure your new windows are a fantastic fit. This stops holes and cracks that can allow in moisture and air that compromise your comfort.

You can also count on 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 take away your old windows.

Want to select energy-efficient windows for your home? Your local Pella of Cheyenne experts are here to assist you. Contact us at 307-632-6373 today to start the process!

*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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