Finding energy-efficient windows is extremely important, especially in Texas. Choosing windows with insulating features (such as heat-reflecting low E coatings and argon gas between panes) help keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Having energy-efficient windows can save you 7 to 15% in cooling costs, keeping you from throwing money out the window. Plus, you’ll be doing your part to protect the environment!
Here are HomeCity’s top picks for energy-efficient windows:
- Anderson: Sustainability involves more than just green building materials and high tech features; durability is a huge issue too. There’s nothing green about windows that fail and have to be replaced time and time again. These windows may be a bit pricey, but they are quality. Anderson 400 Series windows come standard with High Performance Low-E4 glass (an advanced glass design with an innovative exterior coating that can reduce energy bills up to 25 percent). Their SmartSun window glass blocks 95 percent of ultraviolet rays, controlling heat and preventing damage to furniture, carpets, and wall coverings. They are also among the top performers in the NFRC Performance reports for U-Factor (how well a product prevents heat from escaping), solar heat gain coefficient (how well a product blocks heat caused by sunlight), and visible transmittance (how much visible light comes through). These high-end windows are not only Energy Star approved, but Anderson is a charter member of the U.S. Green Building Council and a strong supporter of its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building rating system.
JELD-WEN: Their Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) – certified wood windows are one of the most energy-efficient windows on the market. Along with a high NFRC Performance rating, they offer beautiful custom wood styling that allows you to be fashionable and environmentally responsible. They offer AuraLast wood, which uses raw materials sourced near their manufacturing plants, as well as feature low-E glass. Their Vinyl Windows are also available, and are a more affordable option for insulation. Boasting a strong resistance to heat flow, these windows are sure to keep your family cool during those hot summers.
Pella: Pella’s Impervia series double-hung windows feature low-E insulating glass, and are manufactured from a composite called Duracast, which is said to be the strongest material on the market for windows. Their impeccable reputation for quality construction, along with their premium aesthetics makes them a great choice. They also meet Energy Star requirements, and perform well in the NFRC performance reports. Thermastar by Pella also offers quality vinyl windows, with argon-filled glass, that are affordable as well.