How Much do Energy Efficient Windows Cost?

Written by AnonymousMay 11, 2011
Energy Efficient Windows Cost?

Discussing How Much Energy Efficient Windows Cost

Energy efficient windows are leak-proof so they keep cold air out and warm air in. They come with multiple-glazing and/or low-E coatings, which reflect or absorb heat energy. They also typically come with high quality edge spacers and frames to prevent leaks.   

The cost for energy efficient windows may be 10-20 percent higher than other types of windows, but the energy savings make up for it. In colder climates, energy savings range from 11 to 24 percent and in hot climates savings range from 7 to 31 percent.

Prices vary greatly based on material, manufacturer, and size. There just isn’t a set price for these types of windows because so many options exist for enhancing energy efficiency. Costs typically include the window, labor, and trim.

Type of Material

Choosing vinyl over fiberglass or PVC over wood will help determine whether you will pay $200 for your windows or several thousand. Energy efficient windows are available in aluminum, cellular PVC, fiberglass, steel, vinyl, and wood. Cellular PVC and vinyl are the least expensive materials and steel and wood are the most expensive. Fiberglass and aluminum are in the middle.

Manufacturer

There are hundreds of energy efficient window manufacturers to choose from. Although superstores like Home Depot are popular for low prices, they may not offer the best windows. Several manufacturers are known for high quality and high prices, but most of their windows are guaranteed for as long as you own your home. Some of the top manufacturers of energy efficient windows are Andersen, Marvin, Milgard, and Pella.

Size

An oversized window can cost over a thousand dollars more than a small window and hundreds more than a medium window. A small energy efficient window without any extras may cost as little as $200.

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