Do Builder Grade Windows Increase Energy Efficiency?

Window Replacement AlpharettaThere are many reasons why homeowners decide to embark on home improvement projects. One reason may be to improve the home’s condition before placing it on the market, and another reason may be to improve the living conditions for their family. However, some homeowners may simply want to make their homes more energy efficient. Fortunately, this can be accomplished by replacing the current windows in the home with energy efficient windows. However, there are several factors that homeowners should take into consideration when upgrading to energy efficient vinyl windows.

vinyl windows in atlantaHow to Determine Energy Efficient Vinyl Windows

Shopping for new windows, doors, and skylights can be a confusing process. ENERGY STAR makes it simple when selecting energy efficient vinyl windows! Follow these five steps to ensure your windows, doors, and skylights deliver savings and comfort you’ll enjoy.

  1. Determine your ENERGY STAR Climate Zone.
  2. Find a retailer or manufacturer of ENERGY STAR certified windows, doors, or skylights.
  3. Look for the ENERGY STAR label for your climate zone. All ENERGY STAR certified products must display the ENERGY STAR label. Check the label to make sure the product you are considering is certified to meet the criteria for your area. The ENERGY STAR label appears on the product next to the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) label:

It is no mistake that these types of windows vary in price. Many times the price reflects the quality of the product. This difference can also affect how energy efficient the windows are. This is why it is always a good idea to choose a high quality manufacturer such as Simonton Windows.  The NFRC label provides ratings for U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, and Visible Transmittance (required ratings), and may include information on testing for Air Leakage and Condensation Resistance. 

Replacing the windows in your home with builder’s grade windows will not increase the energy efficiency in your home, but the windows from a reputable manufacturer will reduce the amount of energy that is exchanged from the inside of your home to the outside of your home.

Choose Simonton Windows If You Want More From Your Windows

Simonton Windows is an ENERGY STAR partner, Simonton Windows is committed to meeting the strict criteria of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy
to help conserve energy and reduce heating and cooling costs for all our customers. That is why we choose Simonton as our #1 Window Manufacturer.

In order to apply for the energy star label to products, manufacturers must first test their Fenestration products according to NFRC procedures, which include independent testing at NFRC approved laboratories. The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) is a nonprofit organization that empowers consumers who are in the market for energy efficient windows, doors, and skylights. When you see the NFRC label on these products, this is your assurance that it’s going to perform the way it’s advertised to perform.

Call Jeff today if you are looking to save energy and money. Help our environment and protect our future by replacing your old windows with new energy-efficiency of vinyl windows. 770-318-8514 Jeff York is your window installation expert in Atlanta.