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NFRC Window Ratings

Window shopping for energy efficiency can be made easy once you understand the meaning behind the NFRC label. Find out how to determine a window’s energy efficiency based on the energy ratings of this label.
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Energy Efficiency & The NFRC Label

Know a Window’s Energy Ratings

At Your Remodeling Guys, we have several replacement windows that are exceptional in style and durability that will dramatically improve your Harrisburg home. Furthermore, our windows are also designed to be highly energy efficient; and our Builders Choice and above are even Energy Star® certified. This certification is exhibited by the Blue Energy Star® label, which indicates that our windows have met and surpassed the government standards for energy efficiency.

Another great way to tell what energy-saving qualities our windows hold is by examining the NFRC label. This label shows the energy efficiency ratings set by the National Fenestration Rating Council to homeowners so that they may know the energy-saving potential of the window. The ratings on this label are U-Factor, Visible Transmittance, Daylighting, Air Leakage, and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, all of which factor into a window’s energy efficiency.

Defining the NFRC Label:

  • U-Factor: The U-Factor measures how well a window can retain the heat in your home, which directly relates to how well it fights off heat transfer. The rating for this quality is a scale between .20 and 1.20 with the desired number being lower on the scale.
  • Visible Transmittance (VT): Visible transmittance is a measure of the window’s potential for daylighting, which is how well it can illuminate an interior with natural lighting. On a scale of 0 to 1, higher numbers translate to greater potential.
  • Air Leakage: The potential for air leakage through the window’s hardware and frame is indicated by this rating. Lower numbers between .1 and .3 mean there’s less chance for air leakage through the main window components.
  • Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC): The SHGC tells potential buyers how well a window is able to block radiant heat and UV rays. A lower number on the scale of 0 to 1 is ideal.

Window Ratings for Your Convenience

The NFRC ratings are designed to make window shopping more convenient for the consumer. It helps homeowners like the ones in Harrisburg and surrounding areas make informed decisions with their replacement window purchases. Choosing a window that’s optimized for energy efficiency has never been easier. This is especially true when a window carries the Blue Energy Star® label, whose reputation for qualifying energy efficiency is well-known throughout the entirety of North America. If you’re looking for a way to make your window shopping experience a pleasurable one, contact us today and schedule a free consultation.

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