Products affecting your energy consumption, such as window replacement units, will bear an ENERGY STAR® certification label if they have met certain energy-saving requirements. Purchasing products with the ENERGY STAR label helps you enjoy energy savings. Read on as we discuss further.
ENERGY STAR Certification
ENERGY STAR is a voluntary certification program that was initiated by the EPA as a way for businesses and individuals to identify environmentally friendly and energy-efficient products before buying them. The ENERGY STAR certification was introduced in 1992, and initially only applied to computers and monitors. It has since expanded to include nearly every product that affects energy consumption in one way or another. For a product to qualify for an ENERGY STAR certification, it must require significantly less energy than uncertified counterparts, without sacrificing function or performance.
Here’s an example: a 40-watt incandescent light bulb produces about 450 lumens (units of light, the more lumens, the brighter). The same amount of light can be generated by a 9-watt LED bulb. Therefore, the latter is eligible for an ENERGY STAR certification because it performs the same function as the 40-watt incandescent bulb while using a fraction of the resources.
Renewal by Andersen® Replacement Windows
You might be wondering how replacement windows like casement windows qualify for ENERGY STAR certification when they don’t even use electricity to operate. In fact, windows, doors and skylights can have a big impact on your energy consumption. Inefficient windows allow thermal transfer to happen, which results in unwanted heat loss during the winter and unwanted heat gain in the summer. This increases your need for heating and air conditioning. ENERGY STAR-certified windows are tested to prevent thermal transfer, which helps you reduce your energy consumption.
Renewal by Andersen replacement windows are ENERGY STAR certified thanks to the High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass used in all our products. When combined with our exclusive Fibrex® material, our replacement windows contribute to your home’s insulating barrier, maintaining a stable indoor temperature. The low-emissivity (Low-E) glass coatings block UV and solar heat while letting through as much natural light as clear glass.
To learn more about our ENERGY STAR-certified replacement windows, including the traditional double hung window, call Renewal by Andersen® of San Antonio today at (210) 319-7119 or use our contact form to set up a free in-home estimate. We are located in San Antonio and serve Schertz and Bulverde, TX.