Building a new home is a journey of decisions, and among the most impactful are the windows you choose. They not only define the aesthetics of your home but also its energy efficiency and comfort. Asarchitectural designs evolve, so do window styles, offering homeowners a diverse palette to choose from. This article will guide you through the significance of selecting the right window type for your new construction, the trending styles, their energy efficiency, and the importance of their proper installation.

Why Choosing a Window Type is Important?

Selecting the right window type is crucial for several reasons. Energy-efficient windows play a pivotal role in both new and existing homes. They account for 25%–30% of residential heating and cooling energy use. By choosing the right windows, homeowners can save significantly on energy bills, enhance the comfort of their homes, and reduce their carbon footprint.

Most Popular Types of Windows

Selecting the right windows for a newly constructed home can significantly influence its aesthetic and functionality. Here’s a breakdown of some of the most popular window types and their key features:

Window   Type Description
Double Hung Classic and versatile with two sashes that slide vertically. Both sashes tilt for easy cleaning.
Casement Hinged on the side, these windows swing outwards, allowing for maximum ventilation.
Awning Hinged at the top, they open outward, creating an awning effect. Ideal for ventilation on rainy days.
Picture Large, stationary windows are designed to provide expansive views and allow ample natural light.
Transom Typically rectangular, these small windows are placed above doors or larger windows, adding architectural flair.
Slider These windows slide horizontally, making them suitable for wide openings and easy operation.
Stationary Fixed windows are available in various shapes and sizes, often used for unique designs and additional light.

Each window type offers distinct advantages, catering to different architectural styles and homeowner preferences. When choosing windows, it’s essential to consider their aesthetic appeal and functional benefits to ensure they align with the home’s design and the homeowner’s needs. Now, let’s talk about energy efficiency – the most sought-after feature of modern windows.

What Makes a Window Energy Efficient?

Various factors determine energy efficiency in windows:

Frame Materials: The choice of frame material plays a significant role in a window’s energy efficiency. Common options include:

  • Wood: Offers natural insulation but requires regular maintenance.
  • Vinyl (uPVC): Durable, low-maintenance, and provides good insulation. It’s also resistant to UV rays, ensuring the color doesn’t fade over time.
  • Composite: A blend of materials, such as wood particles and plastics, designed to combine the strength of wood with the low maintenance of vinyl.
  • Fiberglass: Known for its strength, durability, and insulating properties. It can also mimic the look of natural materials like wood.

Glass: The type of glass and its treatment and the gas used between panes can significantly impact energy efficiency.

  • Double-pane (dual-pane) glass is superior to single-pane glass in energy efficiency.
  • Low-E glass reduces UV and infrared light penetration, limiting heat transfer.

Gas Fill: The space between the panes can be filled with gases like:

  • Argon: Denser than air, providing better insulation and improving energy efficiency.
  • Krypton: Offers even better insulation than argon but is more expensive.
  • Xenon: Provides the best insulation among the three but is also the most costly.

To ascertain a window’s energy efficiency, look for certifications like the ENERGY STAR® logo or the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) logo. These certifications ensure that the window meets specific energy performance standards.

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PAVA: A Benchmark in Energy Efficiency for Modern Homes

Every detail matters when constructing a new home, especially regarding energy efficiency. OKNOPLAST’s PAVA windows are a prime example of cutting-edge window technology designed for today’s homes. These windows incorporate a multi-chamber European window profile system optimized for thermal insulation, bolstered by steel reinforcements for added stability.

The innovative STV dry glass bonding technology melds the glass and profile into a unified structure, enhancing the window’s durability and resistance to external elements. A central gasket further elevates the insulation, ensuring homes remain cozy regardless of the season.

With a commendable U-Factor that speaks volumes about its insulating properties, PAVA windows are not just a choice but an investment in long-term comfort and efficiency. Heat transfer coefficient (for a reference window with glass with 4/18/4/18/4 with Warmatec warm frame) can reach up to U = 0.13!

For homeowners building new residences and seeking the best in window technology, PAVA by OKNOPLAST is a name to remember. Schedule a personal consultation with one of our experts.

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