Energy Star: Understanding the Basics
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
With spring comes warmer weather, blooming tulips
and a perfect time to start home renovations. If you’re planning upgrades this
year, be sure to consider the benefits of Energy Star windows and doors.
Here’s what you need to know:
What Makes It Energy Star?
1. Windows and doors that gain the Energy Star
seal have been manufactured by an ENERGY STAR partner,
2. These products are independently tested and certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC),
3. They have NFRC ratings that meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set
by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Choose windows and skylights that make the most
sense for your climate. While some windows and skylights are better at keeping
you warm, others excel at keeping you cool.
Southern Ohio falls in two of the four US regions:
Northern and North-Central. Both regions require windows and doors that perform
well in very cold weather and are able to keep you comfortable during the
summer months as well.
What makes a window energy efficient?
Window tinting, multiple panes of glass which are
sometimes separated by a thin layer of gas, quality framing materials, and warm
edge spacers are some of the factors that make a window energy efficient.
How much can I save?
A typical home in the U.S. can save $146–$501 and
1,147–3,839 pounds of CO2, (which is equivalent to 59 to 196 gallons of gasoline) annually when
single pane windows are replaced. Replacing old double pane windows with new
energy efficient windows can save the average US home $71–$247 and 692–2,825
pounds of CO2 (which is equivalent
to 35 to 144 gallons of gasoline) annually.
This map breaks down the average annual savings by
region in the U.S.
Can I get a tax break for installing Energy Star windows?
Unfortunately, the Energy Efficiency tax credit is
one of the domestic tax credits that will be cut in 2014. If you got Energy
Star windows between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013, don’t forget to
claim your credit, which is $200 for eligible windows and skylights, and $500
for eligible doors.
JFK Window & Door is a proud provider of
Andersen Windows, which has been a part of the Energy Star program since the
beginning. Give us a call at 513.851.1000 for a free estimate on your next
window or door replacement project.