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Matching the Right Window
To the Right House Plan

What Makes A Window
Energy Efficient?



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Matching the Right Window
To the Right House Plan
Find out what the most popular style of window is for the most popular house plan styles. What makes a window popular hinges on the look and style of the home being built, its level of performance, durability and energy efficiency. Here is an overview of some of the more popular window choices to accent today's most popular house plan styles - traditional, southern, country, ranch, contemporary and green.
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What Makes A Window
Energy Efficient?
An energy-efficient window needs to at least have double-pane insulated glass, heat-resistant (Low-E) glass coating, airtight frames and an ENERGY STAR® rating. Here are some key components to an energy-efficient window:

Frames: One of the important considerations you need to make is frame material. Two of the more energy efficient frame materials are vinyl and fiberglass. They do a particularly good job of reducing heat transfer and contributing to insulation value. Your ultimate decision on which of these to use may be based on aesthetics and cost.
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Adding a specialty window can provide just the right accent in a master bedroom, transforming it into a dramatic, welcoming space. View all Flexiframe windows by Andersen.



Use windows to convert a dark corner into a comfortable built-in nook for casual dining and a well-lit workspace. This room features 400 Series Picture windows by Andersen.


When it comes to choosing your windows, you need to look beyond the aesthetics and focus on the glass itself, because it's the glass that will block the heat in the summer, cold in the winter and allow for an abundance of natural light. When you're purchasing windows, be sure to take note of the U-value, which is a measure of how much heat makes it through an assembly (as opposed to an R-value, which is a measure of resistance.) The lower the U-value of your windows, the more insulation they provide.




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