If you’re in the market for energy-efficient windows, you need to know how to read the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) label. It tells you the energy performance ratings of the product, which lets you know whether it’s perfect for your local climate or not.
To understand what it says, All States Home Improvement explains the energy ratings you can find in it:
The U-Factor refers to the insulating quality of windows. It measures how well the product reduces thermal transfer, preventing unwanted heat loss. Ranging from 0.20 to 1.20, a lower number means better heat retention.
Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)
If the U-Factor talks about preventing unwanted heat loss, SHGC pertains to limited undesirable heat gain. You will want to mind this rating to reduce your cooling costs during the hottest months of the year. Ranging from 0 to 1, a lower number means the product is better at reflecting solar heat.
Visible Transmittance (VT)
VT measures how good replacement windows are at letting in daylight. Considering the practical benefits of abundant, natural illumination, this metric helps you keep your home comfortable, healthy, and energy-efficient. Ranging from 0 to 1, a higher number means it’s better at letting sunlight in.
All units, especially operating ones, allow a certain amount of air infiltration, and this rating tells you how much draft you’re likely to experience. Ranging 0.1 to 0.3, a lower number means less air passes through the product.
At All States Home Improvement, we’re proud to offer fiberglass and vinyl windows with excellent NFRC ratings. We carry trusted brands, including Beechworth™, Soft-Lite, and Wincore®. Our impressive window selection gives you plenty of latitude to beautify your home inside and out while guaranteeing remarkable energy performance.
To talk about your window replacement needs in Kansas City or Wichita, KS, contact us now. We’ll be happy to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation at your most convenient date and time.