Replacing your old windows can significantly enhance your home’s appearance and increase its energy efficiency. Once your new casement windows have been installed, you’ll immediately notice an improvement in your home’s comfort and you may experience energy savings, as well. However, you have to consider a lot of things when purchasing new windows.
Your window and home’s energy efficiency have an impact on the environment. With old, leaky windows or improperly installed units, your heating and cooling system needs to work harder to keep you comfortable. The more natural resources you use, the higher your family’s carbon footprint is.
You should always look for the ENERGY STAR® label while shopping for an energy-efficient window replacement. Only windows that have complied with the EPA’s stringent energy requirements are certified by ENERGY STAR. Of course, not all ENERGY-STAR-certified windows have the same level of energy-efficiency. How can you pick an energy-efficient window from dozens that were certified by ENERGY STAR? By checking the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) label.
What do the ratings on the NFRC label mean?
When homeowners are looking to upgrade their double-hung windows, or any other style of window, they’ll often begin to consider replacing their patio doors as well. Patio doors allow for a smooth transition between your interior and exterior, effectively doubling the living area in your home. The most common types of patio doors are either French or sliding variants, but combinations of the two styles are also not uncommon.