Depending on where you live, your home’s windows can be tailored to your specific region or climate. While there are many types of windows to choose from, Pella windows and doors offer energy-efficient glass options that provide the right glass for your specific needs. Because replacing or adding windows to your home is an important decision, it’s helpful to know which type of glass will provide the most comfort and energy efficiency. According to the U.S. Department of Energy choosing high-performance windows that have at least two panes of Low-E insulating glass will improve your home’s energy performance long-term.
The following are examples pulled from Pella’s InsulShield Lowe-E Glass Collection.
1. Hot and sunny climates
For hotter climates where sun and heat are predominant, you will want to choose glass that helps block the heat of the sun while still allowing light in and a clear view out. Pella’s SunDefense insulating glass blocks 94% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays with two panes of glass. For even greater energy efficiency, choose the option of the three panes of glass.
2. Most climates
Advanced Low-E insulating glass is a popular choice because it provides insulation from both the cold and the heat. If you live in a climate that doesn’t experience temperature extremes, this type of window may be just right for you. Double-pane Advanced Low-E insulating glass blocks 84% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Triple-pane Advanced Low-E insulating glass is available for additional weather or solar protection.
3. Northern U.S. climates
For the Northern U.S. climates where it tends to be colder, Pella recommends AdvancedComfort Low-E insulating glass. It has balanced insulation for colder winters and moderate summers. This type of glass with two panes blocks 85% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays and also offers a triple-pane option.
4. Extremely cold climates
In extremely cold climates, having windows with good insulating properties is key. Pella’s NaturalSun Low-E insulating glass with two panes blocks 69% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Three panes of glass are also available for even more protection. While the insulation of the window helps protect your home from cold entering in, the glass is designed to allow the sun’s heat to flow inside your home for natural warmth.
Other window options
There are many window glass options for your specific climate to improve your energy efficiency, but there are also more advanced insulating glass options for those of you who live in an area with hurricanes, loud noise or where safety is an issue. The following are a few glass options for specific needs:
- Obscure- Ideal for private spaces such as bathrooms or bedrooms. Allows the sun to shine in while obscuring the view.
- HurricaneShield – Strong interlayer for great protection from hurricane-force winds and flying debris.
- Tinted – Blocks the glare of the sun and help keeps room cooler.
- Laminated – Has a polymer interlayer to increase safety and reduce outside noise.
- Tempered – Tough glass – when broken, it crumbles into smaller granular chunks instead of splintering into jagged shards.
When buying new windows for your home, you will want to keep in mind aesthetics, ventilation and protection from hot and cold weather. ENERGY STAR certified windows will help keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
To get started, check out Pella on Porch or contact your local showroom for a window replacement consultation at 888-506-5196.
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