As you browse through different windows, have you ever wondered how only some have the ENERGY STAR® label? Choosing quality windows with this label makes a big difference compared to cheaper windows that aren’t rated. But how do window products earn this label?
What’s ENERGY STAR®?
ENERGY STAR is the trusted, government-backed symbol for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. This was established mainly to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by the inefficient use of energy. It was also made to help consumers identify and purchase energy-efficient products that offer savings on energy bills without sacrificing performance, comfort and other important features.
How Windows Get Their Label
If you want your house window replacement to make a significant improvement in your home’s energy efficiency, it has to have an ENERGY STAR label. A qualified ENERGY STAR rated window product should meet three criteria:
- They’re manufactured by an ENERGY STAR partner. These are manufacturers and retailers who are committed to offering high-quality products that have earned the ENERGY STAR label.
- They’re independently tested, certified and verified by the National Fenestration Rating Council® (NFRC). The NFRC is a third-party, non-profit organization that sponsors certified rating and labeling to help consumers compare the performance of different window products as well as skylights and doors.
- They have NFRC ratings that meet the strict guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It chooses which window products earn the label through a set of energy efficiency requirements established by the ENERGY STAR product specifications. Some of these key requirements include contributing to significant energy savings nationwide and that their energy consumption and performance must be measured and verified with proper testing.
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