Energy Efficiency (Part 1): Windows for Comfort and Savings

Summer is now here, and the rise in temperature also means increased air-conditioning use. The problem is that this also increases your energy consumption. Staying comfortably cool this summer doesn’t always have to mean paying higher bills, though. How?

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Well, replacement windows from Renewal by Andersen® of Houston can help cut your cooling bills, reduce heat gain from the sun, and increase your home’s energy efficiency. This is made possible with the outstanding total performance of our windows, which is the result of these three factors:

Framing Material

Windows are composed of many different parts. We understand the importance of these parts all working together to save you energy, reduce your bills, and make your home energy-efficient. That’s why Andersen, the parent company of Renewal by Andersen, created the composite material Fibrex® in 1991. Each of our replacement windows come with frames made of this innovative material.

Fibrex combines the strength and insulating properties of wood with the low-maintenance qualities of vinyl. It serves as an excellent insulator, keeping the cold locked in and the sun’s heat out. Because it’s so stable and strong, it is guaranteed not to rot, chip, crack, or corrode. Accordingly, air won’t leak out because of the absence of cracks in the material.

These great features come together to ensure that your home stays cool. The frame is only one part of the equation, however. That’s why we also developed effective glass solutions.


Our glass options offer many benefits compared with regular single-pane glass. All our replacements come with our standard High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass. Depending on your location and climate, it can help cut your utility bills by up to 25%. It works by reflecting heat back to where it came from. In summer, it keeps heat from getting in, while it keeps heat from escaping in winter. Compared with regular glass, it is 56% more energy-efficient in summer and 45% more efficient in winter.

If you want superior energy efficiency, you can upgrade to our High-Performance Low-E4 SmartSun™ glass, which is 70% more energy-efficient in summer and 47% more efficient in winter than ordinary dual-pane glass. This glass option also has intense UV ray protection, blocking as much as 95% of harmful UV rays. With SmartSun glass, you no longer have to worry about the sun causing your furniture to fade.

Another great upgrade is our High-Performance Low-E4 Sun™ glass. This glass option has the highest rating against solar heat gain yet. It lets only 26% of the scorching sun’s heat into your home. It also has a tint coating applied to reduce glare to manageable levels. This means you can let the summer sunshine in without any discomfort.


Improper installation, rough handling, and wrong procedures all compromise window performance and quality. It doesn’t matter if the units are made from the best-quality materials in the world if they’re not properly installed with enough care. Installation is what makes Renewal by Andersen different from other window companies.

All our windows are custom-sized to fit your home, and we handle every stage of the installation process. Our professional installers are one of the best in the industry, and they are experts at handling and installing each of our replacement units.

Whether you want specialty, casement, double-hung, sliding, bow and bay, or picture windows in Sugar Land, TX, we can install them in your home on schedule and without any mistakes. Every unit we install is backed by a warranty, which covers everything from workmanship to material. When you work with us, you’ll have the peace of mind you need.

Installing replacement windows in Sugar Land, Texas, from Renewal by Andersen will make your home more energy-efficient and comfortable this summer. Contact us if you want to learn more about our window options or to request a free in-home consultation. In the second part of this blog series, we talk about and debunk common myths about energy efficiency: /2-part-blog/energy-efficiency-part-2-myths-and-window-replacement/.