3 window styles that save on energy and utility bills

November 18, 2011

You want a picture window to show off your dazzling garden and cut your heating bills at the same time? There's a window for that. You need a double-hung window for the kitchen that provides ventilation? There's an energy-efficient window for that, too.

Energy-efficient windows may cost 20-percent more than low-budget types. But they offer that much in savings on energy costs, particularly in extreme hot or cold weather. New, these windows run from $200 to $700, although some premium brands may charge as much as $1,000 each for large, panoramic windows. No matter your style, there's an energy-wise product that fists both your needs and target window replacement cost. Andersen, Marvin, Milgard, Simonton and Pella are the most-common brands to exploire.

3 window styles that can slash utility bills

Thanks to a broad selection of energy saving options and frame materials, you're certain to find a great window in your cost range. Here's a sampling of products that come with e-coatings, multiple panes and insulating gasses:

  • Double-hung windows offer delightful ventilation in kitchen, dens and bedrooms. The fit especially well with Craftsman, French and Colonial homes. Double-hungs let summer air flow and block out icy winter breezes. A pair of sample prices:
    • Anderson Woodright double-hung windows with high-performance Low-E4 glass, $588
    • Simonton double-hung vinyl windows with single-surface argon gas, tilt-in sashes, from $212
  • Sliding windows open horizontally and have insulated double panes for comfort and energy efficiency. Perfect for kitchens, dens and bedrooms in Ranch, Prairie or Tudor homes. The most efficient frames will also block mold and mildew. Two high- and low-end price points:
    • Anderson 400 Series gliding window with high-performance Low-E4 glass, self-lubricating Teflon glides and low-maintenance exteriors, $927
    • Simonton two-lite sliding windows with premium, Low-E Argon gas inserts, $259
  • Casement windows are ideal for Contemporary, Ranch, French and Prairie homes. They're often used in kitchens over countertops or in narrow spaces in other rooms. They open out to direct ventilation into the house in warm weather and seal up tight in winter. Two
    • Anderson 400 Series casement windows with Argon gas fills and High-Performance Low-E4 glass, $391
    • Simonton casement windows with premium, Low-E vinyl and Argon gas fills, $298

Rest assured, you can slash window replacement costs without sacrificing energy efficiency. Whether you live in Minneapolis or Key West, today's wood and vinyl manufacturers offer a range of products that provide comfort and reduce your utility bills.

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