Energy Star is a label that is becoming one to be on the lookout for when purchasing items for your home. It’s not the label of the latest designer to launch a home product line, but rather one that is displayed on products from multiple different companies.
It’s a label that gives you the confidence of knowing that the product will save you money on your energy bill. With labeled Energy Star windows, they decrease the work that your heater and air conditioner have to do to keep your home a comfortable temperature. This is known as ‘energy efficient’ or ‘energy efficiency’.
What Does the Energy Star Window Label Mean?
To be able to wear the Energy Star label, Energy Star replacement windows have to meet 3 main criteria.
- They are made by an Energy Star partner.
- The window is tested and certified by the NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council).
- The ratings from the NFRC have to meet the energy efficiency guidelines that are set by the DOE (Department of Energy).
Even after earning the right to be labeled as an Energy Star replacement window, the manufacturers must continue to comply with any changing requirements of the DOE. If they do not meet the new criteria, their product will lose its Energy Star rating until the manufacturer can make the needed changes.
Are Energy Star Windows More Expensive?
Energy Star replacement windows can be more expensive. Because of the criteria they have to meet to be labeled as an Energy Star window, they are a higher quality window. This means that the construction of the window is precise and the materials used are quality materials and not just cheap panes of glass.
In the long run however, the higher amount paid for an Energy Star window will break even or better with the money you will save on your energy bill. You will also be doing your part to help the environment by using up fewer resources to run your heater or air conditioner.
Where Do I Find Energy Star Windows?
Energy Star replacement windows are distinctly labeled with the Energy Star label. Andersen has been part of the ENERGY STAR program since its inception in 1998 and was the first window manufacturer awarded the ENERGY STAR National Window Partner of the Year in 1999. In 2010 and 2011, Andersen was honored for its leadership in manufacturing products that earn the ENERGY STAR moniker, and has been named Energy Star Partner of the Year for the second and third time in a row.
To learn more about how repleacement windows from Renewal by Andersen can help improve the energy efficiency of your home, visit us at a showroom near you, schedule a free in-home consultation or call us in Louisville at (502) 266-7762 in Lexington at (859)271-1645.