If you are someone who’s concern about your monthly spending, or your environmental footprint, then consider replacing your windows. This is because, during the cases like extreme weather, the rises and falls of house temperature are responsible for 25-30% of your residential energy consumption.


When , or any building for that matter, you should put the energy efficiency into your consideration. As windows are where temperature exchange occurs most, keeping this effect to a minimum will make your energy costs go a long way. Not only that this will save you tons of money, it will also make your house feels more comfortable for longer, even after you’ve already turned off the heater or AC.

If you’re looking to improve your property value through the alteration of your windows, there are two paths you can go.


  1. Update your existing windows to improve efficiency

  2. Replace your windows.


Improving your window

If your windows are in good condition, then you might not need to replace them. By upgrading them to a more energy efficient option, you save money from not replacing them and improving your energy efficiency. The most important thing, though, is you need to make sure that your windows are installed correctly. You don’t want your house to be damaged by the installation.

You need to consider a few things when you’re doing a window improvement project.


  • Check existing windows for air leaks, and check again after the upgrade is done.

  • Caulk and weatherstrip. Check out our do-it-yourself project to learn how to weatherstrip double-hung windows.

  • Add window treatments and coverings. Learn more about your window treatment options.

  • Add storm windows or panels

  • Add solar control film

  • Add exterior shadings, such as awnings, exterior blinds, or overhangs

Replace Your Windows

If you think that replacing your windows is the best option, then there are a few details that you should keep in mind. It’s important to know if you need to replace both the frame and the glass, or just one of them. Discuss this with your retailer to find out what you need to do.


Furthermore, don’t forget to specify what you want your windows to achieve, as this will be the deciding factor for the material of your new window. You need to decide on these elements of the windows.


  • Frame types

  • Glazing type

  • Gas fills and spacers

  • Operation types


Selection Process

This is you typically select new windows:


  1. Choose your window type

  2. Choose your design

  3. Look for energy use labeling, warranties and installation costs, and process


The Energy Star Label will show you that this new window is certified. Next, look for the energy performance label the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). This label will tell you all you need to know about the energy efficiency of your new window.

The NFRC ratings are available for all Energy Star certified windows. This is how you will make sure that you are getting the products that will truly make a difference when it comes to your window’s energy efficiency.


We suggest you learn more about the energy performance rating to get a better understanding out of the energy consumption label.


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