As homeowners become more environmentally conscious, the market for energy-efficient windows is growing at an exponential rate and equally becoming more budget-friendly. Envision cost-effective windows that also block out noise and create a relaxing environment in your home.
Not only you’ll be able to reduce your carbon footprint but you’ll be able to reduce your monthly electric bills without draining your wallet with energy-efficient windows.
In this article, we’re going to help you learn about the many advantages of energy-efficient windows and even explore the various window options available, and much more. Get ready to turn your home into a sustainable sanctuary!
Best Energy-Efficient Windows For Your Home
Here’s a list of the 13 best energy-efficient windows along with their properties:
The 1500 series of windows by Ply Gem are designed to provide durability and low maintenance while offering trendy aesthetics, robust features, and energy-efficient characteristics.
Advanced energy-efficient glass packages in the 1500 series aim to reduce your heating and cooling costs. This exceptional series provides year-round comfort for your home, making it a visually appealing and economical option.
Every window of this series offers a reliable lifespan thanks to the precise and high-quality vinyl construction that allows for easy opening, closing, locking, and tilting. Traditional and modern house styles can benefit from having multiple frame options.
The 1500 series is an excellent option for your new house because it offers virtually unrestricted sizing choices.
Some of the window options of this series are as follows:
- 1500 Single Hung Window
- 1500 Sliding Window
- 1500/1570 Casement Window
- 1500/1570 Awning Window
- 1500 Picture Window
- 1500 Geometric Shapes
- 1500 Bay Window
- 1500 Bow Window
Introducing the Insulator series, the affordable window solution from Joyce that guarantees immense cost savings without compromising quality or options.
Joyce has carefully designed the Insulator series based on feedback from homeowners nationwide. This series guarantees high performance with its fusion-welded corner construction, 7/8″ insulated glass, and fully weather-stripped sashes. Thanks to its cutting-edge design, it keeps out drafts and noise while keeping interior temperatures steady.
With the Insulator series, you can enjoy year-round comfort, lasting performance, low maintenance, and significant energy savings. Joyce’s Standard Silver Warranty covers all Insulator products, and you can even choose to upgrade to their Gold Warranty for even more coverage and security.
There is a wide variety of forms and designs available you can choose from:
- Insulator Double-Hung
- Insulator 2-Lite Slider
- Insulator 3-Lite Slider
Experience the durability and longevity of the Pella 250 Series with its innovative hidden screen, designed to withstand the test of time. This screen has been subjected to rigorous testing to withstand an impressive 9,400 cycles, which is the equivalent of opening and closing your window once per day for 25 years. This ensures that it has a long-lasting performance. Even when your window is closed, you can still get the best possible view.
The Pella 250 Series takes durability to the next level by emphasizing energy efficiency. With multiple insulating frame chambers and an exclusive weather-repel system, these windows effectively enhance energy efficiency while efficiently directing water away from your home. Enhance the energy-saving potential even further by opting for foam insulation and triple-pane glass. In fact, their upgraded triple-pane windows are 62% more energy efficient than single-pane windows.
Let’s take a look at some of the most sought-after windows of the Pella 250 series:
- Awning Window
- Casement Window
- Double-Hung Window
- Single-Hung Window
Simonton’s 5500 premium vinyl windows stand out thanks to their high-quality craftsmanship and attention to detail. With a focus on custom looks and easy utilization, these windows are carefully crafted to meet the highest standards in the industry. You can feel at ease knowing that each style of window goes through strict quality checks and is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
ENERGY STAR claims that the 5500 window styles come with an optional triple-pane glass that has been recognized for its high level of efficiency. Being endorsed by ENERGY STAR, you’ll know that you’re getting the most energy-efficient window possible. Enjoy the benefits of these great windows in your home, including better energy savings.
This collection of windows comes in a few different varieties:
- Double Hung Window
- Awning Window
- Picture Window
- Casement Window
- Garden Window
- Bow Window
Andersen’s 100 Series product line is made with innovative Fibrex® composite material. Engineered for durability, sustainability, and energy efficiency, these windows offer remarkable advantages. Fibrex is twice as strong as vinyl, which means that it will work well for a long time and give you peace of mind. The low-maintenance exteriors with clean corners give your home a polished look that doesn’t require much work. With Andersen’s 100 Series, you’ll get great windows with an affordable, long-lasting, and environmentally friendly design.
The 100 series of windows come in:
- Awning window
- Casement window
- Gliding window
- Picture window
- Specialty window
The V4000 Sunrise Series from MI Windows and Doors is an excellent choice for anyone looking to improve the look and feel of their home without breaking the bank.
With a choice of frame options, the V4000 Sunrise Series effortlessly blends with both classic and contemporary homes. Enhance the charm and curb appeal of your home with grille styles available in three profiles and five patterns. The combination of multiple window styles in a single frame allows for stunning configurations that are weather-resistant and energy-efficient. The V4000 Series windows have earned numerous awards, including the prestigious Crystal Achievement Award.
Choose from classic colors, including stylish black, bronze, and dove gray exteriors, allowing you to create a custom look that complements your home’s style.
Here are the types of V4000 Series available:
- Single-Hung window
- Horizontal Slider window
- Casement window
- Awning window0
- Picture window,
The Enviro-Star 800 Double Hung windows are designed to meet the highest energy efficiency standards, keeping your home comfortable and reducing heating and cooling costs. With their innovative design and advanced glass options, these windows provide excellent thermal insulation and help to minimize drafts.
The rigid, multi-chambered vinyl profile of the Double Hung: Enviro-Star 800 offers low-maintenance advantages. The full 3-and-a-quarter-inch depth uPVC fusion-welded frame and sashes feature beveled colonial exterior curves, adding beauty and durability for long-lasting performance.
The HeatSeal warm edge spacer system provides excellent thermal efficiency and reduced condensation. The full integral interlock and double weather stripping enhance the window’s energy efficiency and provide a reliable seal against the elements.
The Picture series by Champion Windows showcases long-lasting, vibrant, and durable ColorBond® exterior colors. These colors are specially formulated to adhere to vinyl and incorporate advanced technology to resist fading, warping, and energy loss. Enjoy the benefits of vibrant colors that will stay vibrant for years.
These picture windows series are designed to fill your living space with abundant natural light, making them an ideal choice for brightening any room. With their expansive size and panoramic views, picture windows offer a unique opportunity to bring the beauty of the outdoors into your home, allowing you to truly appreciate the surrounding landscape.
The remarkable Comfort 365 window glass offers outstanding thermal performance, keeping you cool during the scorching months of summer. It prevents heat from escaping your home during the winter, ensuring optimal energy efficiency and keeping you cozy and warm.
Available Grid Designs:
- No Grid
The Joyce Trinity Pro Series window is a top-of-the-line window offering exceptional quality, performance, and aesthetic appeal for your home. Designed with precision and attention to detail, the Trinity Pro Series combines advanced technology with durable construction to deliver outstanding performance and longevity. Engineered with the highest industry standards to ensure reliability and customer satisfaction.
The Trinity Pro Series Window offers various options based on your style and preferences. The catalog features multiple frame colors, grille styles, and hardware options that work harmoniously with your home’s architecture and interior design.
It is available in 3 editions:
- The TA22 Signature
- The a31 Deluxe
- The a2 Select
Available Grid Options:
- Double prairie
Introducing the Pella Defender Series, a remarkable collection of windows designed to protect your home and provide an exceptional level of defense against the forces of nature. These windows are built to withstand the pressures of hurricanes and adhere to the ever-increasing requirements for safety and durability in coastal areas. They are engineered with features that are resistant to impact and built with impact-resistant features.
This series features a laminated, insulated glass that efficiently blocks 99.7% of UV rays. The window’s quality also protects your carpet, artwork, and furniture from fading sunlight. It also comes with noise reduction and energy-saving capabilities that make your dwelling quieter, more comfortable, and more energy-efficient all year long.
Note: Only available in single-hung window style.
The new construction windows offered by Rosati Windows are a collection of high-quality windows developed explicitly for use in new construction projects. These windows are popular among homeowners and builders because they focus on durability, energy efficiency, and aesthetic appeal.
These windows feature a high level of energy efficiency and have been designed to keep your home cool or warm based on the season while reducing your carbon footprint and energy costs. The windows feature insulated glass with low-E coatings, which help to reflect heat and UV rays, improving energy efficiency and protecting your furniture and flooring from fading.
Available windows styles:
- Double Hung
- Bay Windows
- Sliding Windows
- Awning and Hopper
Thermo-Tech’s Energy Guard Super High-Performance R5-Plus windows set a new precedent for energy savings, performance, and aesthetics benchmarks. These windows are crafted using premium materials and exceptional construction techniques, combined with triple-pane, argon-filled glass, resulting in outstanding energy efficiency.
Energy Guard Windows outperform the vast majority of commercially available R3.33 windows due to their remarkable R-values ranging from 5.3 to 6.3. Homeowners reduce energy bills and their carbon footprint with the help of these window series. The energy guard window series helps the owner to contribute to a greener environment.
Available window styles:
- Awning Windows
- Casement Windows
- Fixed Casement & Direct-Set
The Heritage window series is a homeowner’s favorite due to its exceptional energy efficiency, thoughtfully crafted design and robust construction. The superior quality of these windows is evident in every detail, adding a touch of elegance to any home they’re installed in.
This window series features a Magna-seal which creates an air-tight seal that aids in noise reduction and energy efficiency. For customer satisfaction, Joyce remains committed to providing excellent warranty options. This series gives homeowners the freedom to choose from a wide range of color and glass options to create the perfect window that complements your décor flawlessly.
Available in three models:
- Heritage Signature
- Heritage Deluxe
- Heritage Select
Savings and More
Installing energy-efficient windows is a great way to save money on your energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint. It acts as a financial incentive the governments provide to individuals or businesses that meet certain qualifying criteria. The tax credit can help offset the windows’ cost, making them even more affordable. This process promotes energy conservation, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and lowers utility costs for homeowners and businesses. In Pennsylvania, homeowners and businesses may be eligible for federal tax credits for energy-efficient windows, along with potential state-specific incentives or programs.
- To qualify for the tax credit, your windows must meet certain energy efficiency standards set by the U.S. Department of Energy. To find more information on this, you can visit the DOE website.
- Eligibility criteria and requirements for energy-efficient window tax credits also require meeting specific standards, such as having an ENERGY STAR rating.
- Energy-efficient window installation in Pennsylvania is eligible for a 30% tax credit. You can get a tax break on your state income tax return for purchasing and installing new or replacement windows.
- You’ll need to hang on to your receipts to obtain your tax credit. When submitting your federal tax return to the IRS, you must also submit IRS Form 5695.
Upgrading your windows to more energy-efficient models is a great way to save energy and money in the long run. Not only will you reduce your energy costs and carbon footprint, but you will also enjoy noise insulation and improved comfort.
If you’re considering one of these energy-efficient windows, be sure to contact our team at McClellands Contracting and Roofing LLC. We specialize in window installation and can provide personalized advice based on your needs and preferences. With our help, you’ll be able to successfully transform your home’s exterior, and enjoy the benefits of energy-efficient windows. Call us today at (412) 353-5660.