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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 Vancouver, energy efficiency should be number one on your priority list. That’s since inefficient windows can be responsible for the biggest heating and cooling loss in your residence.

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 option for the climate in Vancouver.

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

Window Panes: One, Two or Three?

Window panes are one of the most critical parts of an energy-efficient window. We suggest choosing no less than double-pane windows, because single-pane windows are very inefficient. They’re also predisposed to seeping air and affecting your home’s comfort.

If it will fit your budget, switching to ENERGY STAR® windows will help reduce heating and cooling bills and save you more money in the future. That’s since they work hard to keep your house’s ambiance in balance, regardless of the weather outside.

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

  • $101–$583 yearly 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 add up. And you can also feel good knowing you’re helping minimize greenhouse gas emissions, which helps shield the environment.

Energy efficiency is critical to us at Pella. That’s why we’ve affiliated 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 residence more comfortable while blocking additional ultraviolet rays. No matter where you live, Pella offers an InsulShield® glass style that will work with your personal climate.

Choosing the Ideal Window Frame Material

When selecting your new windows, you’ll have a couple of materials to choose from. Here’s how they rate for energy efficiency:

  • Top insulation: Wood windows stack up very good for insulation, as wood intrinsically transfers a smaller amount of heat and cold.
  • High durability: Our exclusive fiberglass windows insulate almost identically to wood, plus they won’t melt or break down when faced with temperature shifts. Designed 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 house energy-efficient. With several chambers, these frames help decrease heat loss and increase efficiency.

Quality Window Installation Matters

Good installation is just as essential 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 Vancouver, who specializes in this service. We employ exclusive installation methods to ensure your new windows are a good fit. This prevents gaps and cracks that can let in moisture and air that affect 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 done and will even take care of your old windows.

Ready to design energy-efficient windows for your home? Your local Pella of Vancouver experts are ready to assist you. Contact us at 250-475-1277 now 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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