Why is energy efficient so important in windows?

In recent years, energy efficiency has become a prime consideration in the manufacturing of windows and doors. Both the Canadian and U.S. governments have realized the benefits of reducing energy consumption and the reduction of green house gasses for both the economy and our environment. Both countries have rebate and tax incentive programs designed to benefit the homeowner looking to upgrade their homes.

How are windows made to be more energy-efficient?

There are numerous factors involved in making a window or door efficient. The way they are engineered and built will significantly affect their performance in terms of energy efficiency. The amount of weather-stripping, the type of glass packs used, as well as the low-emissive coatings on the glass will all contribute to energy efficiency. The addition of Argon or Krypton gas in the sealed unit of a window is a relatively new option that can dramatically improve energy efficiency values.

What is the Energy Star Program?

Energy Star is a program, administered by the US Department of Energy and the Canadian Government in cooperation with manufacturers of appliances and many other products, including windows and doors. The program is designed to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels. Windows and doors can only carry the Energy Star certification after they have been tested and approved by an independent laboratory through the NFRC program. When you select Energy Star certified products, you will reduce your energy consumption and help to improve the environment. Vinyl City products have been tested and certified Energy Star qualified.

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