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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 starting your project for replacement windows in Kingston, energy efficiency should be at the top of your priority list. That’s due to the fact inefficient windows can be responsible for the greatest heating and cooling loss in your home.

They can release 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 smartest solution for the temperatures in Kingston.

In selecting your new windows, here are a few points to think over.

Window Panes: One, Two or Three?

Window panes are one of the most essential pieces of an energy-efficient window. We suggest choosing no less than double-pane windows, due to the fact single-pane windows are notoriously inefficient. They’re also susceptible to losing air and impacting your house’s comfort.

If it will fit your budget, switching to ENERGY STAR® windows will help decrease utility expenses and save you more money in the future. That’s because they work hard to keep your house’s ambiance in balance, no matter the climate outside.

On average, ENERGY STAR says normal homes that install 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 collect. And you can also feel good realizing you’re helping decrease greenhouse gas emissions, which helps protect the environment.

Energy efficiency is important to us at Pella. That’s why we’ve associated ourselves with ENERGY STAR since 1999 and offer 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 install.

Customize Your Windows with Glass Options

Adding special coatings and gas between window panes can keep your residence cozier while blocking more ultraviolet rays. No matter where you reside, Pella provides an InsulShield® glass option that will work with your personal climate.

Choosing the Ideal Window Frame Material

When creating your new windows, you’ll have a couple of materials to pick from. Here’s how they stack up for energy efficiency:

  • Top insulation: Wood windows rank very good for insulation, as wood inherently transfers a lesser amount of heat and cold.
  • High durability: Our exclusive fiberglass windows insulate much like wood, besides they won’t melt or break down when experiencing temperature changes. Created for lasting durability, Pella’s proprietary fiberglass is the strongest material available for windows.**
  • Budget-friendly: Our vinyl windows are designed to work with your budget while keeping your residence energy-efficient. Featuring numerous chambers, these frames help reduce heat loss and enhance efficiency.

Quality Window Installation is Important

Quality 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 choose with a company like Pella of Kingston, who is knowledgeable about this service. We follow exclusive installation methods to make sure your new windows are a fantastic fit. This avoids gaps and cracks that can permit in moisture and air that affect your comfort.

You can also count on our team to be considerate of your house during your no-mess, no-guess installation day. They’ll clean up after they’re finished and will even get rid of your old windows.

Ready to design energy-efficient windows for your house? Your local Pella of Kingston experts are ready to assist you. Contact us at 845-663-1025 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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