Shopping for Energy-Efficient Windows

Shopping for Energy-Efficient Windows

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Is your blood pressure rising on the same schedule as your month-to-month heating and cooling bills? Relax—you can stop that cost-climb by choosing the right replacement windows. Yes, there’s a lot to learn and a lot to decide before you can choose the right energy-smart option for your home, but we’ve pulled together essential information you need in the 5 homeowner-friendly links after the jump.

Building a Smarter, More Efficient Window

There are many different types of windows on the market—what are the specific differences among them? Find out here. Also, learn about future technologies that manufacturers are developing as they pursue the goal of building an affordable, durable, high-efficiency window.

Choosing Custom Windows

Do you really need custom windows? If so, will you have to replace the whole window, or is the frame in good enough condition to stay put? What do custom windows cost, anyway? How long do those orders usually take? For the answers to these questions and more, click here.

Why Impact-Resistant Windows Might Make Sense

Today, virtually all of the major window manufacturers make energy-efficient windows that are impact-resistant as well. In inclement conditions, these specialized panes are capable of withstanding not only hurricane winds, but also the damaging force of wind-borne debris.

Use Windows to Beat the Heat

For maximum energy conservation, carefully plan where each energy-efficient window will go in your home, while bearing in mind the climate of your area, as well as the orientation of your house on its site. This article outlines how to achieve household energy efficiency through the thoughtful placement of the right type of windows over your home’s exterior.

VIDEO: Energy-Efficient Windows

A rep from Pella Windows shows off a high-tech window model with between-the-glass blinds, replica-style hardware, and Energy Star-level efficiency. Click here to watch the video.

For more on windows, consider:

Replacement Windows 101
Know Your Window Styles: 10 Popular Designs
Affordable Window Inserts Promote Energy Efficiency