In fall and winter, it’s so nice to be able to gaze outside from a warm, cozy home. The materials and features you choose in home windows can have an impact on energy efficiency. So when you’re shopping for windows, what should you look for? Here are some window materials and features that can help your home be energy efficient this winter – and next summer.
Energy-efficient frame materials
If helping your home conserve energy is a focus for you, here are some window frame materials to look for:
- Fiberglass. In addition to being smart about energy, fiberglass frames are low maintenance. They’re also strong.
- Vinyl. Vinyl window frames are cost-effective and easy to take care of, in addition to helping you use energy wisely.
- Wood. Wood window frames take some maintenance, but they are beautiful to look at and a sound choice for energy efficiency.
Features to seek
In addition to choosing a frame material, you can also look for certain window features that help you with energy conservation. Here are some features that can help keep extreme temperatures outside:
- Low-E (low emissivity) coatings
- Double or triple panes
- Argon gas between panes
Windows with ENERGY STAR® certification can also help you feel confident you’re making an energy-efficient choice. And, it’s smart to choose a quality brand. Andersen, Lindsay, Weather Shield and Infinity from Marvin offer great options.
Minnesota Exteriors offers a variety of window brands and styles – and the experience to help you find what you’re seeking. We understand how important it is to conserve energy. Come visit us at our Osseo showroom, or give us a call. We’ve served Minnesota families for 70 years, and we’ve earned an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau website. Tell us about your home and interests. Let’s talk about how we can help keep your home beautiful and comfortable, season after season.