How to Choose Energy-Efficient Windows for Your Home

Energy efficiency is one of the biggest priorities for Canadian homeowners, and windows play a crucial role in this. With a wide range of energy-efficient windows on the market, choosing the right one for your home can be challenging. Different glass options, materials, ratings and certifications, and more exist.


This blog will look at the factors to consider when choosing energy-efficient windows for your home.

Look for Energy-Efficient Glass

Choosing the right window glass option is one of the most significant factors to consider. Window units come in single-, double- or triple-pane options. A double-pane window consists of two sheets of glass within a sealed unit, creating an additional barrier of insulation that increases the window’s efficiency. A triple-pane window adds a pane to the unit. Argon or Krypton gas is often used to fill the space between the panes for further efficiency.


Almost all double- and triple-pane windows manufactured in Canada use low-emissivity (Low-E) coatings to increase the efficiency of the window unit. This coating helps to reflect heat back into the room during the cold months and keeps it out during summer.


When discussing different energy-efficient window types, the R and U values of windows are often used. The R-value refers to the amount of heat resistance a unit has, while the U-value is the amount of heat transference the glass allows. So ideally, you want a unit with a high R-value and low U-value for high levels of insulation and a low transfer of heat for the best balance between the two values.

Consider Frame Material

A wide variety of materials are available for window frames, including wood, vinyl, aluminium, and fibreglass. Depending on your climate, different materials can determine which material might be best suited for your home. 


While wood frames are popular due to their insulative value and character, they require more upkeep than other materials and are more expensive.


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On the other hand, vinyl frames have become very popular due to their relatively low cost and maintenance. They also have good U-values due to the air cavity in their frames.


Aluminium are more expensive than vinyl and also has far less effective insulation than wood and vinyl.


Finally, fibreglass frames are robust, with good insulative value, and are long-lasting.

Check Ratings and Certifications

When researching windows, look for labels from organizations such as ENERGY STAR. These labels indicate that an independent third-party organization has tested and certified a product as energy-efficient. ENERGY STAR-labeled windows meet strict energy efficiency guidelines, and they can help reduce energy consumption and save money on energy bills.

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Energy ratings can vary between manufacturers, so it is important to ask one of Eco Windows & Doors’ specialists about the differences to make an informed decision.

Professional Help

Choosing the right windows on your own can be challenging, especially if you have specific needs or sizes. This is why it is always a good idea to seek professional advice. Eco Choice Windows & Doors has over 15 years of experience with windows and offers a wide range of eco-friendly, energy-efficient options. We can assist you in assessing your needs and advise on the best window option for your home. 


We can take care of everything from advice and an estimate to manufacturing and installing your windows professionally and efficiently.

Investing in Quality

While the cost is a significant factor when deciding on windows, it is essential to remember that you are investing in quality with energy-efficient windows. There might be cheaper options available on the market. Still, with energy-efficient products, you can improve the comfort of your home year-round and experience significant savings in the long run. 


Another positive side effect of new, energy-efficient windows is that you will not have to worry about the replacement soon. Moreover, they also can significantly increase the value of your home if you are considering selling your property.

Government Grants

Check for tax-saving programs such as the Canada Greener Home Grant or the Home Efficiency Rebate Plus program that promote the preservation of the environment through energy-efficient building products. Check here for more information on the Home Efficiency Rebate Plus program.


With the proper selection of energy-efficient windows, you can save money on heating and cooling costs year-round and make your home more comfortable overall. Some essential factors to consider include the type of glass, the frame material, ratings or certifications, getting professional help, investing in quality products, and tax credits.


Eco Choice Windows & Doors is a leading supplier and installer of quality windows and doors and have been in business for over 15 years, installing windows and doors for many satisfied customers across the province.


Call us today at (416) 690-9992 or complete our convenient online form to book your free no-obligation consultation now!