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How to Select Energy-Efficient Windows for New Construction Homes

How to Select Energy-Efficient Windows for New Construction Homes

As a construction pro, you know how critical it is to have the right materials for your work. However, with various products out there, it can be tough to find what's best for your project and for the people who eventually buy the home you build.

That’s where our window professionals can assist you. We specialize in matching you with solutions that promote comfort while keeping energy costs low. Let’s review what to consider when choosing energy-efficient windows for new construction homes.

5 Things to Consider When Choosing Energy-Efficient Windows

When it comes to selecting energy-efficient windows, there are several factors you’ll need to take into account.

1. Material

Premium wood windows are desired for their warmth, design flexibility and energy efficiency. Wood is a low conductivity material, as it transfers less heat and cold.

Fiberglass windows are another good option, since they provide insulation similar to wood. Even when subjected to shifting temperatures, the material won’t warp or break down. In fact, our proprietary fiberglass is the strongest material available for windows.1

If your clients are on a budget, vinyl windows are still a great choice for energy efficiency. Ours have multiple chambers for additional insulation. And they’re easy to care for.

Some of our windows can be customized with optional foam insulation to increase energy performance.

2. Number of Panes

Energy-efficient windows are typically dual- or triple-pane. The more panes of glass a window has, the more energy efficient it is.

3. Glass Options

Inert argon gas can be placed between panes for greater energy efficiency and reduced thermal transfer.

You can also choose from insulating glass options such as laminated, tempered, tinted or obscure glass. Low-emissivity glass coatings help keep heating and cooling where it belongs, plus they can also block UV rays to help prevent fading of artwork, furniture and flooring.

Our InsulShield® glass collection provides the most innovative energy-saving choices, designed for your specific climate types.

4. Energy-Efficiency Ratings

We produce windows that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® ratings.2 Here are a few benefits of installing ENERGY STAR windows in a new construction home:

  • Can decrease energy bills by up to 12%, when compared with non-certified windows.
  • Can save between $101-$583 each year, when compared to single-pane windows.
  • Can save between $27-197 each year, when compared to dual-pane windows.

Your clients’ actual savings will vary based on the local climate, utility rates and unique home characteristics.

Other ratings to think about include R-value and U-value, which determine how effectively windows block airflow, as well as their amount of heat transfer.

When you’re focused on energy efficiency, the R-value of the windows you choose should be greater than R-5. The U-value should be between 0.2–1.2, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

5. Window Style

Selecting the right window style for your location can also help with future homeowners’ energy bills. Here’s what we recommend, based on location and prominent architectural styles:

  • Northeast: single-hung, double-hung, casement, sliding
  • Northwest: bay or bow, casement
  • Midwest: casement
  • South: double-hung
  • Coastal: bay or bow, casement, sliding

Find the Ideal Energy-Efficient Windows at Pella of Decatur

Now that you know more about what makes a window energy efficient, our professionals can help you choose the ideal one for your project. At Pella of Decatur, we specialize in matching you with solutions that promote comfort while keeping energy costs affordable for future homeowners. Ready to begin? Contact us at 217-423-7722 or stop by our showroom to receive your free quote today.


1Pella'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.

2Some Pella® products may not meet ENERGY STAR® guidelines in Canada. For more information, contact your local Pella sales representative or go to energystar.gc.ca.

 

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