How to Choose Energy-Efficient Windows for New Construction Homes
As a construction professional, you know how important it is to have the right materials for your work. However, with so many different products available, it can be tough to find what's right 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 products that provide comfort while keeping energy costs low. Let’s go over what to consider when choosing energy-efficient windows for new construction homes.
5 Things to Think About When Choosing Energy-Efficient Windows
When it comes to selecting energy-efficient windows, there are several factors you’ll need to take into account.
Premium wood windows are sought after 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 temperature swings, 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 boost 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 added between panes for extra energy efficiency and lower 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 stop UV rays to keep artwork, furniture and flooring looking its best.
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 individual home characteristics.
Other ratings to consider include R-value and U-value, which determine how effectively windows stop airflow, as well as their level of heat transfer.
When you’re concerned about energy efficiency, the R-value of the windows you choose should be higher than R-5. The U-value should be between 0.2–1.2, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
5. Window Style
Choosing the right window style for your location can also help with future homeowners’ energy bills. Here’s what we encourage, based on location and popular 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 Eau Claire
Now that you know more about what makes a window energy efficient, our professionals can help you find the ideal one for your project. At Pella of Eau Claire, we specialize in matching you with solutions that deliver comfort while keeping energy costs down for future homeowners. Ready to begin? Call us at 715-836-9301 or visit our showroom to request 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.