You may be installing new windows this spring or summer, a popular time to have this home improvement project completed. The weather may be great when you’re shopping but don’t forget about the importance of energy efficiency, leak protection and wind resistance for the remainder of the year. You’ll also want to consider your home’s color scheme and structure style while seeking the best windows for climate.
For cold climates
Need to know. Look at the overall scores in our window Ratings then zero in on windows that excelled at low-temperature wind resistance if your home is exposed to high winds and cold temperatrues.
Consider. The Andersen 400 Series double-hung window, $310. It’s top rated among wood-framed and excelled at low-temperature wind resistance so your home won’t get drafty even when the wind howls. A CR Best Buy, the wood exterior is clad in vinyl. The Pella ProLine 450 Series was nearly as impressive and at $300 is also a CR Best Buy.The wood exterior is clad in aluminum. All casements, wood framed and vinyl, excelled at keeping out cold air and water. Take your pick. The exterior of the wood frame is clad in vinyl on the Andersen 400 Series, $400. The American Craftsman by Andersen 70 Series from Home Depot is $260 and vinyl.
For rainy climates
Need to know. Prices can vary by dealer so shop around and check manufacturer websites for specials. There are no federal tax credits planned for Energy Star-qualified windows in 2014 or 2015 but some utilities and city and state programs offer rebates or incentives to buy Energy Star windows.
Consider. The Weather Shield EnduraShield, $430, double-hung window aced our rain-resistance tests so leaks are unlikely. The wood exterior is clad in fiberglass. Among vinyl double-hung, the Simonton Pro-Finish Contractor, $260, Reliabilit 3900 Series from Lowe’s, $280, and American Craftsman by Andersen 70 Series from Home Depot, a CR Best Buy at $170, were impressive or better in our wind-resistance tests. Any casement we tested excelled in every test, including the wood-framed Pella ProLine 450 Series, $460, and the vinyl ThermaStar by Pella 20 Series from Lowe’s. It’s $310.
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SRC: Find the Best Windows for more climates at: www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/10/the-best-windows-for-your-climate/index.htm