“Miles per Gallon” for Windows…
Did you know windows have labels to protect the consumer?
They’re like the “Miles per Gallon” stickers found on new cars…
Since the mid-seventies the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has required fuel economy labels to be affixed to the side window or windshield of every new car sold in the United States to help consumers choose more fuel efficient vehicles that save money on fuel.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through its Energy Star program also requires Energy Performance Ratings for windows to be clearly labeled with fuel efficiency data on NFRC certified windows. This information will impact future fuel consumption at your home. The numbers on that sticker also are used for any tax credits available from the IRS for new windows in your home.
Like the MPG sticker on cars, the NFRC sticker can only be removed by the consumer to ensure the window installed has exactly the same energy efficiency ratings as the window they paid for – not a less energy-efficient, less expensive, inferior product.
The NFRC label shows homeowners the real energy efficiency of the window they choose to buy. Now, window buyers can compare the energy efficiency of the different windows they are considering to buy, instead of just relying on a salesman’s claims.
YouTube Video – The Energy Star Sticker from NFRC
Learn more… Read my blog – “Reading the Energy Star Sticker”
The information on NFRC window stickers is as important as the mile per gallon sticker on an automobile. These labels tell us important window properties such as insulation value, solar heat gain and visible light transmission.
Although these test ratings can be confusing, I recommend you take the time to learn about the energy efficiency of your new window before you buy, or you could be disappointed in how comfortable your home is and how much you are still spending on heating and cooling costs.
Mark Milanese is a published author often sought after for his expert opinions about Exterior Remodeling, Outdoor Living Improvements, Customer Relationship Management Skills and Sales Philosophy.