Window Shopping: How to Choose New Windows for Your Home

Did you know that you can save up to $583 a year by replacing your windows? It’s true! Not only do old, inefficient windows let in heat and cold, but they’re hard on your wallet, too.

If it’s time to replace some of the windows in your home, we can help. Keep reading to find our guide for making window shopping a breeze. 

Energy Efficiency

One important area to consider when choosing windows is their energy efficiency. Heat gain and loss through inefficient windows account for up to 30% of your heating and cooling energy use. 

When shopping for new windows, look for the ENERGY STAR label. This symbol is the trusted mark of high-efficiency products and appliances.

Next, look for the energy performance rating from the National Fenestration Rating Council. This label will tell you:

  • how well the window can prevent heat loss
  • how well the window can resist unwanted heat gain
  • how much air the window allows in
  • how well the window can light your home

Make sure you compare energy ratings before settling on any new window for your home.


After efficiency, the appearance of the window is the next thing to consider. You will want to pick replacement windows that not only look good from the outside but from the inside too. 

Consider the size of the windows and the architectural theme of your home. You will also need to decide on the best color for the frame and the tint of the glass pane. 

Don’t choose appearance over function, however. If you want to be able to open your windows, you’ll want to stay away from fixed options that don’t open.

There are many design options for modern windows. You will not only need to choose between shapes, sizes, and opening styles but glass design, too.

Leaded windows add beauty while providing additional privacy in your home. Check it out to see if this glass style is right for your space. 


The material of your windows can make or break their efficiency. 

Aluminum windows are affordable but tend to be less energy efficient. Condensation can form around the frames and heat or cool air from outside can enter your home more easily.

Fiberglass is a newcomer in the world of windows. They are very energy efficient and will not warp or swell over time. 

Vinyl is one of the most popular materials for windows. They’re durable, energy-efficient, and budget-friendly. Vinyl can sag or get soft in climates that experience very hot weather, however.

Wood windows provide great insulation and can last a very long time. Wood does have a higher maintenance requirement. Wood windows need painting occasionally and proper pest control measures.

Window Shopping Made Easy

Choosing new windows doesn’t have to feel like reinventing the wheel. We hope our tips on window shopping have made the process a bit easier for you.

Keep reading our blogs for more helpful tips for homeowners.