If you need window replacement in Richardson, TX, energy efficiency is going to be one of your highest goals. You need new windows to create an energy efficient home again. Won’t it be nice to have lower energy bills? Won’t you love being comfortable in the house again? You know your goals, but how do you reach them? It makes the most sense to start with Energy Star Qualified windows and go from there.
Energy Star is an independent, non-profit organization that tests energy performance on a variety of products. You might see their label on dishwashers, laundry machines, and yes, even windows. They set the standards in efficiency for different regions of the country as well. You might see Energy Star windows in Texas that wouldn’t pass the tests in Alaska because the parameters are different in various regions. When you see that label on windows in your region, you know the windows have met the efficiency standards and goals for that particular region.
Getting the Energy Star label isn’t easy. Windows go through individual testing and their ratings are determined based on those tests. Not all Energy Star windows are the same, either. Windows that pass the basic standards have a good starting point, but there are those that are more or less efficient under the same umbrella. Starting with Energy Star labels is great and you can compare the ratings from there.
It’s best to understand some of the ratings so you know how to compare the windows, even under the Energy Star labels. Learn more about SHGC, VT, and U-factor ratings to figure out which lets solar heat in, which leaks air, and which doesn’t.
To start with efficiency in mind, bypass any window that doesn’t have an Energy Star label. Windows don’t have to undergo testing with Energy Star, but if they do, it means they aren’t trying to hide anything about their efficiency. IF the window doesn’t have the label, it either didn’t pass the tests, or it didn’t even try so who knows what you are getting.
If you’d like to focus on energy efficiency, you aren’t alone. And you have the Energy Star organization to help you with your quest. Richardson, TX window replacement professionals are also on your side, ready to help you with your goals. Contact Foster Exteriors Window Company by calling (214) 319-8400 to set up a free consultation. There are a lot of variables that come together to make efficiency and it’s our job to know the ins and outs of each so we can describe them to you and allow you to make informed decisions for the best of your home. We’ll go over rating labels with you, talk about your home’s downfalls, and help you come up with the right solution. Stop by and see options in our showroom at 1350 N Buckner Blvd #216 Dallas, TX 75218 and we’ll talk about the professional installation you’ll get from us once you’ve chosen just the right window options for your purposes.