What Makes a Window Energy Efficient?

At Simonton, we understand that energy efficient windows and doors are more important than ever to homeowners. That’s why we are continuously looking for ways to make our windows and doors as thermally efficient as possible. From the materials we use and the glass packages we offer to our dedication as an ENERGY STAR partner, we’ve got you covered when it comes to energy efficiency. Let’s take a look at what Simonton does to make our windows energy efficient.

Premium Vinyl Windows and Doors

The premium vinyl used in our windows and doors is an excellent insulator and offers low conductivity. Its thermal properties are far superior to aluminum, steel and stainless steel. This means there is very low temperature transfer into or out of your home, helping keep you comfortable all year long.

Low E Glass Coating

Simonton windows and doors are available with ProSolar® Low E glass. A transparent metallic oxide coating is applied to the glass surface that allows short-wave energy to pass through but reflects long-wave infrared energy for greater thermal efficiency. This helps heat to not be transferred through the window and door.

AR_EnergyEff_ProSolarShade.pngFor advanced Low E protection, Simonton offers ProSolar® Shade. This spectrally selective glass blocks damaging UV rays while allowing desirable light into the home, providing the ultimate in solar heat control, visibility and energy savings.

I.G. Unit Filled with Argon Gas The space inside an insulating glass unit—between the glass panes—may be filled with Argon gas, an odorless, non-toxic gas that is six times denser than air. With the added density of the gas, temperature transfer through the insulating glass unit is greatly reduced. In some areas of the country, we offer Krypton gas as an option. Krypton gas is even denser than Argon gas which further maximizes energy efficiency and reduced temperature transfer. Which can translate in to lower utility bills.

Spacer Systems

Simonton windows and doors feature unique spacer systems within the insulating glass unit. The spacers are made of highly thermally prohibitive materials and are placed between the glass panes to help seal the entire unit, create a space for inert gases and further reduce temperature transfer. AR_EnergyEff_SpacerSystems.png

Simonton has three types of spacer systems:

Intercept® Spacer System: Offers a unique U-channel design that minimizes conduction for increased efficiency and comfort. U-shaped design flexes and contracts, reducing seal failure in the insulating glass unit.

Supercept™ Spacer System: Made of a durable stainless steel alloy, the Supercept offers a one-piece, flexible U-channel design and patented web corner system that greatly reduce sealant stress and seal failure in the insulating glass unit.

Super Spacer® System: This solid silicone foam spacer provides superior energy efficiency and does not conduct energy as quickly as metal spacers. Silicone foam is also flexible and helps reduce stress cracks.

Laminated Glass for Windows and Doors

Our impact-resistant laminated glass consists of a durable interlayer sealed between two layers of glass. This advanced laminated glass package offers several benefits: it acts as a barrier against energy loss, reduces noise transmission, helps block damaging UV rays and deter forced entry.


Do Different Home Window Styles Make any Difference?

With Simonton, you’re not only getting the ideal windows for your home, you’re getting the peace of mind that comes from over 65 years of experience. As the industry’s leader in homeowner satisfaction, we know that choosing the right windows and doors for your home can be somewhat of a challenge.

Follow these simple steps below to determine the best replacement window and door choice for your home and your family. The possibilities are endless, and that’s why we’re here to help you cut through the clutter.

1 – What type of improvement project is it?

Simonton offers a wide variety of replacement and new construction windows and patio doors for any project. Determining the type of project first can help your choose the right Simonton product to fit your needs.

  • Are you building a new home? Click here to see our line of new construction windows.

  • Are you remodeling or upgrading current windows? Click here to see our line of replacement windows.

2 – Choose Your Operating Style

Whether you are looking to add architectural detail to your home or hoping to gain better energy efficiency, there is a Simonton window or door style to fit every lifestyle and budget. Click here to learn more about operating styles.

3 – Learn About and Choose Style Options

All windows and doors have a variety of options to choose from. Be sure you are familiar with all the options to get just the look you want. Choose from a variety of popular exterior colors, interior colors, rich woodgrain laminates and custom hardware finishes, to create a custom style that fits your home décor. Match your new window hardware with your existing faucets; or choose a woodgrain laminate on your window interior that matches your hardwood flooring. Click here to see the many unique styling options.

4 – Choose your Glass and Grid Options

An assortment of energy-efficient glass package options allow you to customize your windows to help you achieve the maximum energy savings, no matter where you live. This can include the number of panes, to the gas that is in-between them. And a wide variety of grid patterns allow you to accentuate the architectural style of your home

5 – Find the Right Installer

Not all installers are created equal. Simonton products are sold nationwide and our extensive network of installation professionals can help you get started. They know the ins-and-outs of window and door installation, and are well versed in what Simonton can provide. Click here to find a professional in your area.