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Understanding Energy Efficient Windows and Doors

Colorful leaves and cool weather mean fall has officially arrived. October is Energy Action Month. The cold weather approaching makes it the perfect time to get serious about conserving energy in your home and cutting down the cost of utilities. You should start by understanding energy efficient windows and doors.
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So, what’s the first thing you need to know when it comes to windows and energy efficiency?

Replacing windows with energy efficient ones can help reduce your utility bills, but the benefits go much further. Energy efficient windows make your home more comfortable, as their performance determines how much heat comes in and escapes out through the windows.

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Every window should have a sticker on it showing it’s energy efficiency.

As a Marvin Windows dealer, we offer a variety of energy-certified window and door options that help you achieve long-term performance and energy cost savings. Our energy efficiency process also takes the Mid-Atlantic climate into consideration.

Second, how do you know if a window or a door is energy efficient?

Certification programs such as those administered by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) and ENERGY STAR  provide ratings designed to indicate a window or door’s efficiency. Various performance ratings — like U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient — measure a product’s effectiveness in insulating and blocking heat from the sun, among other things.

If you are unsure about your windows and doors, contact Forbes Design Center for a home consultation. Before making any recommendations, our expert team will help you understand the current state of your home’s window energy efficiency by inspecting your window ratings, and accessing any air leakage that may be occurring.