There are many ways to differentiate the door and window choices that you might want for your home remodeling project. You can classify them based on their looks, the material they’re made of and even their intended purpose. There are other subtler ways of comparing doors and windows, but what sets them apart from each other may not always be seen right away. For that kind of comparison, people often look for important labels, such as the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) Label.
What is the NFRC Label?
This label from the NFRC is designed to help buyers figure out how energy efficient doors and windows can be. It displays critical factors that affect a door or window’s overall contribution to your home’s energy efficiency, each rated according to the NFRC’s scoring system. Here are the following window properties rated by the NFRC:
For Doors – product description, glass area and door-specific ratings (solar heat gain coefficient and U-factor)
For Windows – U-factor, solar heat gain coefficient, visible transmittance and air leakage
You want doors and windows with very low ratings on most of these factors while you want high ratings on visual transmittance. Andersen® doors and windows boast excellent ratings in both of those fields
What About the ENERGY STAR® Label?
You’d still want to look for the ENERGY STAR® label on a door or window to make sure that whatever you’re buying will meet the minimum energy-efficiency standards. However, if you really want to get the most value out of your doors and windows, you must be able to tell which ENERGY STAR-labeled option will help you save more in the long run by reading each option’s NFRC label.
Making sure your doors and windows are as energy efficient as possible is one of the best ways to get the most value out of them. If you’re looking for options that have high NFRC ratings, Renewal by Andersen® of St. Louis can help you. We are the leading providers of energy-efficient doors and windows in St. Louis, MO, and nearby areas. Call us today at (314) 310-3636, or fill out our online form to request a free estimate.