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Window Picks: Energy-Efficient Windows

Reduce your energy costs with these top energy-efficient window picks. Manufacturer information included.

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    • Reduce Energy Costs with New Windows

      Making energy-efficient choices in your home can save you about a third on energy bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Replacing old windows and doors with more efficient options is one way to significantly reduce your utility costs.

      In the following slides, learn more about our top picks for energy-efficient windows.

    • Low-E4 Glass Windows

      Andersen Windows offers High Performance Low-E4 glass. This advanced glass design features an innovative exterior coating that, when activated by sunlight, reduces water spots by up to 99 percent. It comes standard on Andersen 400 Series products. Depending on the home's location, Low-E4 glass can reduce energy bills by up to 25 percent when compared to ordinary dual-pane glass.

      400 Series Windows
      Andersen Windows and Doors
      800/426-4261; andersenwindows.com

    • SmartSun Window Glass

      Andersen SmartSun glass helps reduce energy consumption in the home while providing year-round thermal protection and attractive visibility. While standard solar glazing controls heat gain through glass tinting that reduces visible light, SmartSun glass is formulated with an additional microscopic layer of silver that controls the amount of infrared energy transmitted, allows a higher level of visible light, and blocks 95 percent of ultraviolet rays that can damage furniture, carpets, and wallcoverings.

      SmartSun Glass
      Andersen Windows and Doors
      800/426-4261; andersenwindows.com

    • Efficient Vinyl Windows

      With a multi-chambered design, strong resistance to heat flow, and a variety of styles and colors, JELD-WEN Vinyl Windows are affordable as well as easy to maintain. JELD-WEN Premium Vinyl Windows and Patio Doors come standard with low-E glass and are backed by an industry-leading lifetime warranty.

      Premium Vinyl Windows
      JELD-WEN Windows and Doors
      800/535-3936; jeld-wen.com

    • Windows with AuraLast Wood

      AuraLast wood delivers a number of environmentally friendly benefits such as reduced toxins, longer-lasting products, and raw materials sourced within close proximity of its manufacturing plants. These windows also feature low-E glass, helping homes stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

      AuraLast Wood Windows
      JELD-WEN Windows and Doors
      800/535-3936; jeld-wen.com

    • SFI-Certified Wood Windows

      JELD-WEN is now offering Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)-certified wood windows as part of its Custom Wood window line. Coupling AuraLast wood and low-E glass, JELD-WEN Custom Wood windows are one of the most environmentally friendly and energy-efficient windows on the market.

      SFI-Certified Custom Wood Windows
      JELD-WEN Windows and Doors
      800/535-3936; jeld-wen.com

    • Double-Hung Replacement Windows

      These replacement windows from JELD-WEN are designed for installation into existing window frames, regardless of the brand of the original window. Because the replacement windows fit into existing openings, the process is simpler, quicker, and less damaging to a home's structure. The windows come standard with low-E glass, which decreases energy costs.

      Premium Wood Double-Hung Pocket Window
      JELD-WEN Windows and Doors
      800/535-3936; jeld-wen.com

    • Fiberglass Composite Windows

      The Wood-Ultrex Series from Integrity Windows and Doors, a Marvin company, combines a beautiful wood interior with an Ultrex exterior. Ultrex, a highly advanced fiberglass composite, enables Integrity Windows and Doors to deliver superior strength, Energy Star-rated thermal protection, minimal expansion or contraction during extreme heat or cold, moisture and chemical resistance, and a paintable exterior that retains color and luster over time.

      Integrity Wood-Ultrex Series
      Marvin Windows and Doors
      888/537-7828; marvin.com

    • EverWood Replacement Windows

      Infinity Replacement Windows, another Marvin company, now offers EverWood, a new interior wood-grain finish that looks, feels, paints, and stains like wood, yet is completely low maintenance. Made from inorganic materials and combined with Ultrex, EverWood will not absorb moisture or decay over time. There is no warping, discoloration, material degradation, expansion, or contraction with EverWood--just extremely reliable performance, efficiency, and lasting beauty.

      Infinity Replacement Window with EverWood
      Marvin Windows and Doors
      888/537-7828; marvin.com

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      Ultimate Casement Window

      If you want the look of a double-hung window but casement windows are needed for egress purposes--or because you prefer the performance of a casement--consider the Marvin Ultimate Casement. A simulated check rail and a wide bottom rail mimic the look of a double hung, allowing a home to keep its architectural style and have top-notch performance. The Ultimate Casement helps improve a home's energy efficiency with low-E II argon-filled insulating glass.

      Ultimate Casement Window
      Marvin Windows and Doors
      888/537-7828; marvin.com

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      Energy-Efficient Window Series

      The 700 Series from Peachtree Doors and Windows features master craftsmanship, excellent energy efficiency, and a host of design-rich options. A 3/4-inch insulated glass with a Real Warm Edge Spacer system is standard on all 700 Series windows and doors. Low-E glass with argon-filled airspace and EasyCare Low-E glass, which resists dirt and water spots, are also available.

      700 Series Windows
      Peachtree Doors and Windows
      800/732-2499; peachtreedoor.com

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      Aluminum-Clad Replacement Window

      Peachtree Doors and Windows also offers 700 Series Replacement Windows, featuring the same versatility and aesthetic appeal of the standard 700 Series in a replacement window.

      The extruded aluminum-clad replacement windows give homeowners superior energy performance, quality, and style with nearly endless options to enhance their home's interior and exterior design--all with fewer installation hassles and less disturbance to the home's siding, walls, or existing interior and exterior trim than full-frame replacements.

      700 Series Replacement Windows
      Peachtree Doors and Windows
      800/732-2499; peachtreedoor.com

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      Triple-Pane Windows

      Pella Designer Series triple-pane windows and patio doors are rated No. 1 for energy efficiency among top national brands. The triple-glazing also offers noise reduction. The windows feature blinds, shades, or decorative panels between the panes of glass, which can reduce heat gain by 43 percent.

      Designer Series Triple-Pane Windows
      Pella Windows and Doors
      800/374-4758; pella.com

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      Energy-Efficient Double-Hung Window

      Pella Impervia windows and patio doors, manufactured from a fiberglass composite called Duracast and featuring low-E insulating glass, are designed to provide greater energy efficiency. Called the strongest material available in windows and doors, Duracast is sleek and not bulky like ordinary fiberglass. When used with low-E glass, Impervia windows meet Energy Star requirements in all 50 states.

      Impervia Double-Hung Window
      Pella Windows and Doors
      800/374-4758; pella.com

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      ThermaStar Replacement Window

      ThermaStar by Pella brings a quality vinyl choice to the table. ThermaStar windows and patio doors, featuring low-E or low-E with argon-filled glass, are a great value and meet Energy Star requirements in all 50 states.

      ThermaStar 20 Series Replacement Windows
      Pella Windows and Doors
      800/374-4758; pella.com

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      All-Vinyl Windows

      Visions 3000 premium all-vinyl windows by Visions Windows and Doors feature metal reinforcements in the frames, sash, and door panels; fusion-welded corners; profiled glazing beads; and sturdy hardware to deliver reliability, energy efficiency, and beauty.

      Standard glazing on the Visions 3000 line is 3/4-inch insulated glass with a Real Warm Edge Spacer system. Zo-e-shield 5 and Zo-e-shield 6 are available for ultimate energy efficiency, UV protection, convenience, and comfort.

      Visions 3000 Premium All-Vinyl Windows
      Visions Windows and Doors
      888/345-5947; visionswindows.com

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      Fiberglass-Clad Wood Windows

      Premium fiberglass-clad wood windows, from Weather Shield's newest product line, are at the leading edge of energy efficiency, durability, and aesthetic appeal. The windows feature true wood interiors and no-maintenance exteriors.

      The new line has a smaller energy footprint because of the windows' energy efficiency and thermal properties, particularly when paired with Zo-e-shield glass.

      Fiberglass-Clad Wood Windows
      Weather Shield Windows and Doors
      800/222-2995; weathershield.com

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      Windows with Recycled Content

      Weather Shield's ProShield window was the first product line to achieve third-party certification for stated recycled material content by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS). Recycled content has been certified to comprise at least 9 percent.

      Even though the product line incorporates recycled material, ProShield windows and patio doors still deliver beauty and convenience with natural wood interiors and resilient, low-maintenance exteriors. ProShield's green attributes and energy efficiency are at their best when combined with Zo-e-shield 5 glazing.

      ProShield Window
      Weather Shield Windows and Doors
      800/222-2995; weathershield.com

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