Slam the Door on Wasting Energy with New Windows and Doors
December 15, 2009
The charm of owning an older home can diminish quickly with the onset of winter weather. If your windows are drafty, or allow condensation to collect, it's time to consider installing new windows. Today's energy efficient replacement windows and door options are available in a variety of styles, colors and materials. Whether your priority is budget, energy savings, or preserving the architectural integrity of your home. you can find replacement windows and doors matching your needs.
Energy Star and Replacement Windows
Energy Star is the Environmental Protection Agency's program promoting energy savings. Windows and Doors labeled with the Energy Star logo meet EPA guidelines and may be eligible for rebates from local energy companies and/or federal tax credits. The EPA estimates that installing g Star windows and doors can assist in saving between 7 and 24 percent on your energy costs.
When shopping for new windows, pay attention to National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) ratings. These ratings measure factors including non-solar heat radiation through window glass, visible light transmission, and solar radiation through glass. This rating system can help you choose windows designed for your climate and matching your preferences.
Energy Star and NFRC ratings do not apply to window installation or services related to your new windows. It's important to check references from window dealers and installers, and to verify their business records and licensing through agencies including the Better Business Bureau and your state's contractor's licensing board.