For example, let's look at a 9,100 square-foot home that was being constructed on a hilltop in the beautiful, rolling countryside of North Texas. This ranch-style home was built by Shadden Custom Homes. It’s located in an area that’s notorious for high temperatures in the summer; in fact, it’s not uncommon for temperatures to top one hundred degrees in Texas during the summer months.
Architect Rusty Trice of Allegiance Development had to take this into consideration when designing the house, so installing energy-efficient windows was a must. According to Trice, "It’s important to pick energy-efficient windows on a home this size because it helps save money for the homeowner, and it also helps make the house more comfortable to live in."
When it came to time to pick energy-efficient windows, the homeowners chose double-hung windows from Pella.
Pella’s Architect Series® LX double-hung windows
All of the windows in the home are from Pella’s Architect Series®. These windows are double-hung, meaning that they each have a moveable top sash and a moveable lower sash to allow ventilation from either the top or the bottom. This can also be used as a safety measure. According to Pella’s Mark Swift, "You can also lower just the top sash, leaving the bottom sash closed for greater safety with children and pets in the home."
The windows also feature the natural warmth and beauty of wood. In addition to a wood jamb liner and a thick bottom rail, the interior and exterior of each window is primed, and the interior can be painted or stained to match a home’s décor.
Other attributes of the Architect Series® include historic-looking spoon hardware in white and a clean, contemporary style.
Easy to clean
The house in this segment featured fifty double-hung windows. This will give the homeowners a fantastic view of the surrounding countryside, but eventually, these windows will have to be cleaned. cleaning the inside and outside of the windows is easier than ever thanks to Pella’s Tilt-To-Clean sashes. Pella’s LX windows are available with the Steady-Tilt™ wash feature where the bottom sash tilts in like an oven door and allows for easy cleaning. There’s no balancing needed and no need to climb on a ladder outside the home to clean the windows.
Insulated glass is what makes Pella’s windows energy-efficient. Mark Swift with Pella says, "Insulated glass helps make a window more energy-efficient due to the argon gas that’s between the two panes of glass. These windows also have a low-e coating on the window, so it keeps the UV rays from entering the house, which could fade your carpet or your furniture."
The wood attributes of the Architect Series® also play a key role in keeping utility costs down. Compared to an aluminum window, wood provides 1,100 times the insulating value of aluminum.
Pella products, such as windows and doors, are designed to meet and exceed the guidelines from ENERGY STAR®, a government-backed program that helps businesses and individuals protect the environment through the use of energy-efficient products. Plus, with energy-efficient windows, homeowners and business could reduce energy bills by up to twenty-four percent.