The Top 7 Reasons Why You Should Care about ENERGY STAR®

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The Top 7 Reasons Why You Should Care about ENERGY STAR®

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If you’re trying to choose between two products, whether you are looking at windows or doors, it can be tough to adequately determine which one will provide you with the best energy performance. That is unless it has an ENERGY STAR® label. This little sticker is an easy way to identify household appliances or products that provide optimal energy efficiency. Think of it as a short-cut to finding the top energy performers for when you’re shopping for new windows and doors. Makes your selection process much easier!

Money Saving Benefits

Heat gain and heat loss through your windows are responsible for a quarter of your heating and cooling costs! So it’s important to eliminate energy loss if you want to maintain a comfortable temperature inside and have lower energy bills. The easiest way to do this is to replace your windows with energy efficient ones. And just by switching to ENERGY STAR® products you’ll notice an immediate difference in your energy bills. How much can you expect to save? These products use between 15-30 percent less energy than other consumer products in the same class.  With the extra insulation properties associated with Energy Star windows and doors, you’ll experience significantly lower heating and cooling bills, which puts more money back in your pocket. While new windows and doors might be an investment, it will pay itself back in no time.

Increases The Value Of Your Home

Eco-conscious home buyers also look for new ENERGY STAR® windows and doors when choosing between homes.  Why? Because they know that they won’t have to replace them for many years to come, and they know these products can greatly reduce their energy bills. When it comes to home improvements, replacement windows are ranked high and can increase the value of your home as much as nearly the total cost of the windows in just one year. So making energy efficient upgrades to your windows and doors can really pay off when it’s time to sell your home. Plus, your home will benefit the environment.

Guarantees Your Windows Feature The Best Technology

An ENERGY STAR® qualified window or door will utilize the newest and best insulating technology. Many of the features will include triple-glazing units, low-E glass, insulated frames and sashes, and inert gas in the sealed units. Talk about practicality for the value!

Provides Better Comfort Levels

ENERGY STAR® qualified products will also help to keep your home more comfortable year-round. The windows are more airtight than other types of windows which helps to greatly reduce drafts and cold spots. But even beyond their ability to retain heat and keep out the cold, they also reduce outside noise levels, reduce dust and pollen, as well as condensation levels.

Helps The Planet

If your windows are leaking air, your HVAC system will have to work much harder  to keep your home at a comfortable level. This not only affects your energy bills, but it also impacts the amount of fossil fuels that are used to produce your energy. And the more fossil fuels you consume, the more dangerous greenhouse gas emissions get released into our climate. By using ENERGY STAR® window and door products, you can reduce your energy usage and help the planet out a little bit in return.

Offers Long Term Rewards

Many people forgo installing ENERGY STAR® products because they cost more up front. However, they lose out in the long term because ENERGY STAR® offers energy savings that quickly add up over time. The energy saving benefits far outweigh the negatives of the initial costs by a long shot.

Deciding on the right windows and doors for your home is never an easy decision. However, with all the benefits that ENERGY STAR® products provide, you can purchase with confidence. At Aztech Doors and Windows, we offer Energy Star certified products that help to improve the comfort of your home, reduce your energy bills, and conserve natural resources. Take a look at our range of window and door products online or contact us today to learn more!

The energy star is a trademark that is internationally recognized to represent that the product is certified as energy efficient. 

An energy star product gives the consumer the peace of mind that the product they have purchased has been certified and recognized as energy efficient. An energy star product is as good if not better than standard products but they indicate that the product meets the standard for high energy efficiency. 

On windows and doors, the higher the energy efficiency rating (ER), the more energy efficient the product is. Good performing windows and doors have an ER of at least 29.

When purchasing new windows, look for the energy star sticker. Any energy star product will be labeled with the energy star logo. It will also likely indicate the climate zones where your windows will operate best. 

In Canada, there are currently no federal rebate programs offered to  taxpayers for the purchase of energy efficient appliances. Check the CRA website each year for an updated list of provincial and territorial government agencies who do provide credits or rebates to homeowners. 

Where i can find a list of ENERGY STAR Canada participants

Please click here for more information on retailers and manufacturers in Canada who participate in the energy start program.

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