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Posted on Apr 24, 2017 by Sam Heer

Improving Your Home’s Energy Efficiency with Windows: Part 1

While energy price is going down, electricity price is still increasing. As a homeowner, your chief concern is to make your home as energy-efficient as possible.

This is a formidable prospect, considering the factors when it comes to energy efficiency. In this first part of our two-part guide, Renewal by Andersen® of Central Illinois discusses how you can improve your energy savings with the right windows.

Energy-Efficient Windows

Figuring out if your home’s windows are energy-efficient isn’t actually a difficult thing to do. Generally, what determines the efficiency of your windows are their framing and the glass. In replacement windows, for example, the kind of frame to get should either be vinyl or aluminum. We recommend our Fibrex® window frames since they are actually the most energy-efficient material in our repertoire; changes in temperature won’t contract and expand it, unlike its contemporaries.

In addition, our window material retains heat and temperature well. As for glass, the double pane works great since the extra layer helps the window retain more heat, ideal for when the climate turns colder.

Window Style

Larger windows with broad glass panes have higher marks than their smaller counterparts because they allow more light to enter your home. Their ideal location is areas in your house where temperature fluctuates, such as your living room and dining areas.

Another window design that we recommend are our double hung windows. The construction of this style of windows minimizes moisture and air leaks, making them more energy-efficient compared with your standard window.

Natural Lighting

The kind of windows you pick for your home affects how much natural lighting you get. Daylighting is something that most homeowners take for granted, but it’s actually integral to making your household energy efficient.

Letting more natural light in means you’ll save more money on electricity lighting up your rooms; accomplish by using a bow or bay window. The same is true for heating; ample lighting from the outside naturally warms your rooms. A little Vitamin D is good for the body, too!

Account for your home’s windows in the name of energy efficiency. Stay tuned for part two of our energy efficiency guide. Have a glimpse of our choices for replacement windows in Champaign, Galesburg, and Bloomington, IL. Give us a call at (866) 693-6707 for more information.


"I would recommend RBA of Central Illinois for QUALITY windows and doors. Compared to our old cheap, thin vinyl windows, Andersen blows them away. You can easily tell by how well the sliding doors fit and close, and how heavy duty they are. We also cannot hear the wind rushing through the house in inclement weather anymore! And the black window frames we went with are amazing to look at. Aaron, Al, Darrell, and Cory all were professional and went all out to finish the job, given the weather they had to deal with. I would definitely recommend. They were also on top of communicating with me given the weather delays, and what I could expect for them coming out. Five stars!"

Eric L.

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