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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 starting your project for replacement windows in Plattsburgh, energy efficiency should top your priority list. That’s due to the fact inefficient windows can be responsible for the largest heating and cooling loss in your residence.

They can lose as much as 30% of your heating and cooling, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. So, it’s crucial that your replacement windows are the wisest fit for the climate in Plattsburgh.

In picking your new windows, here are a few things to consider.

Window Panes: One, Two or Three?

Window panes are one of the most important parts of an energy-efficient window. We suggest selecting at least double-pane windows, since single-pane windows are especially inefficient. They’re also vulnerable to leaking air and impacting your house’s comfort.

If your budget allows it, switching to ENERGY STAR® windows will help decrease heating and cooling costs and save you more money in the future. That’s since they work hard to keep your residence’s temp in balance, regardless of the weather outside.

On average, ENERGY STAR says normal residences that get these windows can save*:

  • $101–$583 yearly when replacing single-pane windows.
  • $27–$197 annually 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 reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which helps defend the environment.

Energy efficiency is important to us at Pella. That’s why we’ve partnered with ENERGY STAR since 1999 and provide 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 get.

Customize Your Windows with Glass Options

Adding special coatings and gas between window panes can keep your home cozier while blocking additional ultraviolet rays. Regardless of where you call home, Pella has an InsulShield® glass solution that will work for your personal climate.

Picking the Ideal Window Frame Material

When designing your updated windows, you’ll have a few materials to pick from. Here’s how they rank for energy efficiency:

  • Top insulation: Wood windows stack up very good for insulation, since wood naturally transfers a smaller amount of heat and cold.
  • High durability: Our exclusive fiberglass windows insulate similarly to wood, along with the fact they won’t melt or break down when faced with temperature shifts. Made for lasting durability, Pella’s proprietary fiberglass is the strongest material available for windows.**
  • Budget-friendly: Our vinyl windows are designed to match your budget while keeping your home energy-efficient. With numerous chambers, these frames help reduce heat loss and boost efficiency.

Quality Window Installation is Essential

Good 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 Plattsburgh, who is knowledgeable about this service. We use exclusive installation methods to ensure your new windows are a great fit. This stops holes and cracks that can allow in moisture and air that impact your comfort.

You can also count on our team to be thoughtful toward your home 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.

Want to create energy-efficient windows for your residence? Your local Pella of Plattsburgh experts are here to support you. Contact us at 518-310-2118 now to begin!


*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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