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What Is This About:

In this post you’re going to learn what makes up the best energy efficient replacement windows. By the end of this post you will understand what makes a great window.

With this you will be able to shop much smarter and really know how to compare apples to apples in your window quotes.I get questions on this subject all of time, for it can be a bit confusing understanding exactly what makes a window energy efficient.

The guy makes a funny point in the beginning of the video saying that the most efficient homes are the ones with no windows at all.

This is absolutely true! But who in their right mind wants a house with no windows. So let’s see what makes up a energy efficient window and watch the video now.

[Video] How Energy-Efficient Windows Work:

“As a proud ENERGY STAR partner, Weathershield ensures our products are rated, certified and labeled for U-Value and Solar Heat Gain by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). According to the US Department of Energy, a home’s windows consume up to 3.8 quadrillion BTUs of energy annually in the form of heating and air conditioning expenses. At a cost of more than $30 billion to homeowners, it pays to compare glazing options when choosing windows for your home. The estimated savings for a typical home, from replacing double-paned wood windows with Zo-e-shield windows, are significant in all regions of the country and can range from 15% to 30% a year.” 

The ENERGY STAR label, first introduced by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1992, has grown to identify efficient products in more than 35 categories. The ENERGY STAR criteria for residential windows and doors are tailored to four Climate Zones. A product’s energy efficiency for a given climate is based on its impact on heat gain and loss in cold weather and heat gain in warm weather.”

What To Make Of This:

Now I’m not saying that you need to go with WeatherShield windows. The video is just a great example of what to look for when shopping for new efficient windows. If fact here are some other manufacturers who are Energy Star partners.

Andersen Corporation Honored with 2013 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year
“Andersen Corporation Honored with 2013 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award March 5, 2013Andersen wins Sustained Excellence Award for second consecutive year.”

Pella Corporation earns ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year
“PELLA, IOWA —March 5, 2013 — Pella Corporation earned an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year 2013 award, presented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) for manufacturing energy-efficient windows and educating consumers about them.”

Many manufacturers make great efficient replacement windows and this label, that is required on every window, is a great way to ensure that the windows you purchase meet the standards in which you were expecting.

Next Step:

So now that you understand what makes the best energy efficient windows it’s time to go comparison shopping.

I always recommend that you start with referrals from friends, family and coworkers, but, if that is not working out for you. Many people have had great experiences with local window installers by checking out this site CLICK HERE.

If you have any questions regarding energy efficiency or any general replacement window question please don’t hesitate to contact me via my Facebook page or fill out the form on the ask the advisor page.

by Brian Kiernan

Educating homeowners on replacement windows and providing simple information to get them a great product at a great price done quickly by a reputable window pro.

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