We're back ... with more tips during Consumer Awareness Week on how to read and understand the labels on your energy efficient windows. Today we're looking at both NFRC and ENERGY STAR labels to help you select the best vinyl home windows for your house!
The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) is a non-profit organization that administers an independent rating and labeling system for the energy performance of windows, doors and skylights. This program helps homeowners compare different products and make informed purchasing decisions.
The overwhelming majority of windows and doors manufactured have an NFRC label. This label will not tell you which window to purchase --- but it can be a valuable tool (much like the miles-per-gallon sticker on a new car). The NFRC label provides:
ENERGY STAR Program
Run by the United States government, the ENERGY STAR program qualifies a wide variety of home products --- from computers to refrigerators to roofs --- for energy efficiency.
For windows, doors and skylights, the ENERGY STAR program makes sure each product is independently certified to perform at levels that meet or exceed energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Energy. The experts at ENERGY STAR suggest the following tips to help you select the windows that work best in your climate:
Tip #1 – Visit www.energystar.gov to determine your home’s ENERGY STAR Climate Zone.
Tip #2 – Find a retailer or manufacturer of ENERGY STAR qualified windows, doors or skylights at the ENERGY STAR website or by looking up information directly on a company’s website.
Tip #3 – Ask for ENERGY STAR qualified windows when placing your order. Whether you’re in a showroom or meeting with an individual window installer, make sure you request ENERGY STAR qualified Simonton Windows doors and windows for your home.
Tip #4 – When your windows arrive, make sure to look for the ENERGY STAR label on each window. The label should state that the window is qualified for your specific climate zone area.
Tip #5 – Investigate any federal tax credits, local rebates or other promotions available in your area that you qualify for as a result of purchasing and installing energy-efficient ENERGY STAR windows.
If you're shopping for windows, see What Kind of Replacement Windows are Right for You? to help you determine which vinyl home windows are best for your house!