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?
Windows have come a long way from the simple glass and wood construction of the past. Modern replacement windows are now a product of years of technological advancement which make them stronger, easier to manufacture, install and use, and more energy-efficient. When it comes to windows, energy efficiency is measured by a number of different factors. It’s important to familiarize yourself with these factors so you can choose the right products to use on your next home improvement project.[Read more…]