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Are Energy-Efficient Windows Worth It?

A lot of potential customers like the idea of replacing their home’s windows, but they’re not quite sure if the cost of replacement is worth the energy savings. Here at Window World of Little Rock, our windows are not only the most affordable in the industry, but they’re genuinely the best replacement windows you’ll find anywhere on the market. Maybe you’ve been considering new replacement windows for your home due to outdated windows that can’t keep up with the weather, or you’re just looking to update your home for elevated curb appeal. Whatever the reason is, we’re going to share why investing in energy efficient windows is completely and totally worth it.

Why Energy Efficient Windows?

Windows not only provide homes with a beautiful view of the outdoors, but they also offer natural light, insulation against the elements, and ventilation. The biggest appeal for homeowners is that new replacement windows pay for themselves. You’ll begin to notice an immediate reduction in your heating and cooling bills once you make the switch, which saves you more money in the long run. Some homeowners opt to make do-it-yourself improvements to the windows themselves. However, despite the initial downpayment, it’s more cost-effective in the long run to simply replace them. 

SolarZone™ Insulated Glass

Window World’s SolarZone™ Low-E glass windows are designed for superior thermal performance, keeping windows both beautiful and energy-efficient. Our exclusive glass is manufactured using a microscopic, undetectable coating that blocks heat from the sun’s reflected rays in the summertime, but allows warmth into your home during the colder winter months. SolarZone™ Insulated Glass uses a combination of three things to block UV energy: UV-filtering Low-E Glass, insulating argon gas, and a Warm-Edge Spacer. These three things work together to cut air conditioning costs and reduce solar heat gain by up to 58% in the summer.

How Low-E Glass Makes Windows Energy Efficient

UV-filtering Low-E glass filters long-wave radiation from the sun. It reduces solar heat gain from the sun in the summer, making your home cooler, and lets warm solar rays into your home in the winter, blocking heat from getting out. 

Diagram of energy-efficient windows showing the preservation of waves in winter and reflection of waves in summer

We use argon gas as an insulating agent in our product to help increase energy savings in your home. This colorless, odorless, non-reactive gas is the third-most-prevalent gas in our atmosphere. Its extremely low thermal conductivity and high density make it an ideal insulating agent.

Side by side diagram of thermal images showing more heat allowed in by standard windows and less heat allowed in by SolarZone™ windows

The Difference of the Warm-Edge Spacer

The Warm-Edge Spacer, or the component that separates glass layers, is remarkably impactful on the energy efficiency of the entire unit. It expands and contracts with temperature changes to create a thermal barrier with its metal alloy properties to help reduce conducted heat loss. It keeps the edges of the window glass warmer, so your home is warmer in the winter. Because it is a sealed, one-piece design, it is stronger and better at retaining insulating gas than many conventional designs and lasts longer without repairs.

Side by side images showing condensation in standard spacer component compared to no condensation on warm-edge spacer component

Window World also carries ENERGYSTAR® Qualified SolarZone™Insulated Glass, which cuts damaging UV rays. UV rays can fade carpets, curtains, and furniture. As an official ENERGY STAR partner, tax credits of up to $500 may be available following your window replacement from Window World of Little Rock.

Which Energy Efficient Windows Are Best For Your Home?

Our replacement windows provide substantial energy efficiency and savings for your home, and with plenty of product options, we know you’ll find the perfect choice for your home. Here are some of our most popular options.

Double-Hung Windows

Image of home interior containing double-hung windows outlooking backyard

Our energy efficient, best-selling double-hung windows are an impeccable combination of sophisticated engineering, high-tech craftsmanship, careful installation, and a lifetime of backing. Characterized by easy maintenance and classic aesthetic styling, these vinyl window products are an easy choice for improving curb appeal and quality of life.

Our double-hung windows feature:

  • A sloped sill that forces water to drain to the exterior of the window as well as a protective bulb seal and wind flap that provides a secondary barrier to keep out dust, noise, and moisture
  • High-quality vinyl components that never chip, peel, crack or warp like wood
  • Fully-extruded lift rails that provide strength and stability for easy operation

Casement & Awning Windows

Image of bathroom with awning windows above bathtub

Perhaps no other window we offer allows for a better view of the great outdoors than our casement windows with Low-E glass. Enjoy your view of sunny spring days and the changing fall leaves from this energy-efficient window option, which can be customized to fit your home. The hardware is simple to use, and their unique appearance will make our casement windows the visual centerpiece of any room.

Our casement windows offer:

  • Smooth and simple operation with the crank of a handle
  • No strain is required and no forcing of the window to open
  • A compression bulb seal that protects against the outside elements

Garden Windows

Image of kitchen interior with garden windows above sink and multiple colorful plants sitting in the seat board

Plant lovers and at-home gardeners have to spend a little extra time winterizing those flowers, herbs, and vegetables before the first frost of the fall. If you’re considering replacement windows, however, we’ve got a suggestion that will allow you to enjoy your garden all year long, even if there’s snow on the ground! Meet a customer favorite – our exclusive garden window.

These windows provide ample sun exposure from three sides, allowing plants to flourish while maintaining the energy efficiency you’ve come to expect from Window World. Designed with exceptional attention to detail, our garden window is just as beautiful as it is high-performing.

Our garden windows provide:

  • A 17-inch deep seat board
  • Tempered and insulated top-sloping glass for additional strength and safety
  • Clear 1-inch glass for added weather protection
  • The option of an adjustable glass shelf with polished edges

Sliding Windows

Image of kitchen interior with sliding windows above kitchen sink, outlooking backyard

A favorite of Window World customers, our sliding windows incorporate advanced technology to achieve new heights in efficiency and performance while providing clean, beautiful profiles. Facilitated by superior design and craftsmanship, the operation of our sliding windows is effortless, leading to years of enjoyment and delight.

Our sliding windows allow for: 

  • Contemporary styling with horizontally moving sashes
  • Easy sliding with a dual-roller system
  • Superior protection in inclement weather as a result of double-barrier weatherstripping between the sash and jamb

Bay and Bow Windows

Image of living room interior with bow window

Our bay and bow windows are frequently sought-after options for those looking for a truly special view of the outdoors. The result? An instant transformation for any room, adding not only beauty but space. Imagine the natural daylight streaming through a custom bay or bow window while you curl up with your favorite book in the afternoon!

Our bay and bow windows are designed with:

  • Furniture-grade veneer in the construction of the head, seat board, and jambs
  • A slim design with added strength and support
  • Multiple configurations and combinations
  • A variety of woodgrain and inlay options

Privacy Windows

Image of bathroom interior with privacy windows above and next to bathroom sink area

When decorating, homeowners are often faced with the age-old compromise between limiting the view from the outside and enjoying natural light and sights of the outdoors. Window World of Little Rock’s privacy windows makes such concessions unnecessary, allowing both home and sanctuary with style.

Our privacy windows allow for:

  • A variety of customization options & styles including awning, casement, single-hung, basement hoppers, in-swing egress, and architectural shapes
  • Custom sizes and shapes that bring imaginative concepts to life, available in both new construction and replacement configurations
  • Three energy-efficient block options increase insulative power and limit solar heat gain, improving overall performance

Selling Your Home Is Another Great Reason To Purchase Energy Efficient Windows

Looking to sell your home? Did you know that potential homebuyers will form an opinion about a home’s value within 10 seconds of seeing it in person? If a potential buyer notices that a home’s windows are desperately in need of a replacement, they’re far more likely to pursue a home that doesn’t require that work. These days, buyers are actively looking for homes that are move-in ready. You will increase the likelihood of selling your home by replacing the windows before it goes on the market. Energy-efficient windows provide further incentives in today’s saturated real estate market to help your home stand out from the rest.

If you’re still not quite sure which windows are best for your home in terms of design, energy efficiency, or any other reasons, give us a call! We’ll be glad to come to visit your home and provide a risk-free, in-home estimate with no commitment required. And as always, thank you for your time!

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