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How to Choose Energy-Efficient Windows for New Construction Homes

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 on the market today, 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 solutions that provide comfort while keeping energy costs down. Let’s go over what to consider when selecting energy-efficient windows for new construction homes.

5 Things to Think About When Choosing Energy-Efficient Windows

When it comes to choosing energy-efficient windows, there are several factors you’ll need to consider.

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 supply insulation similar to wood. Even when exposed 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 includes, the more energy efficient it is.

3. Glass Options

Inert argon gas can be inserted 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 indoors, 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, created for your specific climate types.

4. Energy-Efficiency Ratings

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

  • Can reduce 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 measure how effectively windows block airflow, as well as their amount 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

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 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 Kingston

Now that you know more about what makes a window energy efficient, our professionals can help you find the right one for your project. At Pella of Kingston, we specialize in matching you with products that deliver comfort while keeping energy costs affordable for future homeowners. Ready to get started? Contact us at 845-663-1025 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


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