If you’ve assessed your windows and decided to replace them, these simple steps will help you find efficient options that are right for your home and budget, and currently available in stores, online, or through your contractor:
2.- Check the Ratings
All new windows must meet local building code requirements, but not all offer the benefits of efficiency, such as lower utility bills and increased comfort. Here are three steps toward efficiency:
- NFRC Ratings: NFRC’s easy-to-understand efficiency ratings are displayed on labels affixed to windows, and help you make comparisons before buying. They should remain in place until after installation, and once removed become part of the documentation you’ll need to qualify for any rebates or incentives you are eligible to receive from efficiency programs run by utilities and state and local governments.
- ENERGY STAR®: Windows certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program save homeowners an average of 12% on monthly utility bills. Windows are not eligible for ENERGY STAR certification unless first rated by NFRC.
- MOST EFFICIENT: ENERGY STAR’s Most Efficient program recognizes products that use cutting-edge technologies to deliver the greatest efficiency.
3.- Use The Window Selection Tool
The Window Selection Tool searches our database for a list of NFRC-certified and ENERGY STAR windows that are currently available and a good fit for your home. This will depend on your climate, exterior landscaping, and the direction the windows face.
4.- Find Rebates and Incentives
To see all state and local programs offering rebates, incentives, and other financial help, enter your zip code in the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency. You will need the NFRC label on your window as part of the documentation needed to qualify for them, so keep the label in your files after removing it.
5.- Ensure Proper Installation
Without proper installation, even the best windows may leak. If you’re working with a contractor, ensure they are qualified. Window manufacturers often maintain lists of installation partners most familiar with their products, as well as maintenance guidelines. Using an installer certified by InstallationMasters® will also ensure a proper installation.