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Energy Star: Understanding the Basics
Posted By:  Website Admin
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), and
3. They have NFRC ratings that meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Climate Zones

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.

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JFK Window & Door is an Andersen Circle of Excellence Dealer and Provia Platinum Dealer. Our showroom is located in Cincinnati, OH and has a wide variety of Cincinnati replacement windows and doors to help with your home improvement projects including Cincinnati window & door replacement and installation. We offer sales and installation for replacement windows, vinyl windows, casement/awning windows, double-hung windows, bay/bow windows, gliding windows, specialty windows, patio doors (including architectural patio doors), Combination windows, Stormwatch Protection, KML by Andersen Entranceways and storm doors. JFK Window & Door has provided Cincinnati replacement windows and doors since 1990.