As we face another winter, and with energy prices remaining extremely high, have you considered the amount of heat that escapes through your doors, windows and skylights? To help you get the most energy-efficient choice materials and products for your home, the NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council) a third-party, independent, non-profit organization that sponsors certified rating and labeling to help consumers compare the performance of windows, doors, and skylights has developed a non-biased energy performance rating know as Energy Star. This enables consumers to easily identify NFRC-certified products with superior energy performance.
The NFRC label can be found on all Energy Star qualified windows, doors, and skylights and provides performance ratings in five categories, although the Energy Star qualification is only determined by the first two categories.
U-Factor measures the rate of heat transfer and tells you how well the window insulates. U-factor values generally range from 0.25 to 1.25 and are measured in Btu/h·ft²·°F. The lower the U-factor, the better the window insulates.
Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) measures the fraction of solar energy transmitted and tells you how well the product blocks heat caused by sunlight. SHGC is measured on a scale of 0 to 1; values typically range from 0.25 to 0.80. The lower the SHGC, the less solar heat the window transmits.
Visible Transmittance (VT) measures the amount of light the window lets through. VT is measured on a scale of 0 to 1; values generally range from 0.20 to 0.80. The higher the VT, the more light you see.
Air Leakage (AL) measures the rate at which air passes through joints in the window. AL is measured in cubic feet of air passing through one square foot of window area per minute. The lower the AL value, the less air leakage. Most industry standards and building codes require an AL of 0.3 cf·m/ft².
Condensation Resistance measures how well the window resists water build-up. Condensation Resistance is scored on a scale from 0 to 100. The higher the condensation resistance factor, the less build-up the window allows.
For more information on NFRC performance ratings and label, visit NFRC’s website at www.nfrc.org.
Feel free to give us a call at (717)354-2003 if you would like to learn more about getting the most energy-efficient products for your home, or visit the Energy Solutions section of our website, www.choicewd.com/energy-solutions.