When shopping for windows and doors, you have to consider a number of things to determine the best options for you. Typically, these include style, design, color, energy efficiency,= and other special features. When it comes to energy efficiency, much of the work has been actually cut out for you. A quick look at the NFRC and ENERGY STAR® labels and you can easily tell what products are worth considering and those that you should pass on.
In this post, Renewal by Andersen® of Phoenix shares more details about NFRC labels to help you better understand what they could mean for your home.
What You Should Know About NFRC Labels
To start off, an NFRC certification is given to any product that has been independently tested, certified, and labeled based on its energy performance. Furthermore, an NFRC label offers a summary of how well a window or door can perform. Generally, NFRC labels include the following:
U-Factor – This measures the ability of a window or door to prevent heat from escaping the room. Look for a lower number, ranging from 0.20 to 1.20, as this indicates better capacity.
SHGC (Solar Heat Gain Coefficient) – This measures the capacity of a window or door to resist unwanted heat gain and keep your interior cool. Lower numbers indicate good SHGC.
Air Leakage – Lower numbers means that the window or door experiences less drafts. This means less energy wastage for you.
Visible Transmittance – This tells you how much natural light a window can bring into your home. Higher numbers mean more natural light.
How Does NFRC Differ From ENERGY STAR?
Whether you are installing windows or sliding contemporary doors, it’s important to take a look at their ENERGY STAR rating too. While NFRC labels can give you a quick rundown of the energy performance of a window or door, they do not readily tell you if a product is good or bad. ENERGY STAR aims to simplify it for you since it identifies only those products that have been proven to have superior energy performance.
Renewal by Andersen of Phoenix is a trusted name in the local window and door industry. Our expertise covers a wide selection of windows and doors. So whether you’re looking for a casement window or a hinged French door, we can provide you with high-quality products that last a long time. Call us at (602) 562-1176 or fill out our contact form to request an estimate. We serve customers in Phoenix and Scottsdale.