Tips for Choosing Energy Efficient Windows

tips for choosing windows

With the right guidance, replacing a problem window or door can be, dare we say, enjoyable.

Here are a few tips

  1. Tip 1: Know the Consequences of Low Quality Windows.
  2. Tip 2: Understand Different Window Types and Their Performance Properties.
  3. Tip 3: Pick the Right Frame Material.
  4. Tip 4: Understand EnergyStar Recommendations.
  5. Tip 5: Select the Right Glass Package.
  6. Tip 6: There is no Label for “Durability.”

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What is the average cost to replace Windows?

Higher quality window replacement can cost about $2125 per window, or between $1250 and $3000. Replacing windows on a three-bedroom house can run from $30,000 to $40,000. Labor might run $300 to $600 each. Get quotes from local window installers for the best price on the replacement.

Average Cost: $2125

Low Cost: $1250

High Cost: $3000

Marvin and the experts at Fine Homebuilding magazine team up to share a few smart window selection tips that can deliver long-term value.

Tip 1: Understand the Consequences of Low Quality Windows

Low-cost windows can be pricier than they first appear. Like any weak link in the building envelope, poor-performing windows require a larger HVAC system and ducting, which is pricier up front and also more costly in the long run. “With insulating values as low as U-0.18, windows can have a huge impact on a home’s energy-efficiency rating and a cascade effect on the cost of the overall project,” said Brett Dillon, a longtime builder and developer in Texas, who chairs the technical standards committee for ResNet, a nonprofit that trains and rates residential energy auditors.

The math is easy, but not all builders and homeowners respond to it. “A lot of people don’t know how much they pay for energy and don’t really care,” Dillon…

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