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Energy-Efficient Replacement Windows

When researching replacement windows for your home you may have come across information similar to this graphic posted on the energystar.gov website. This website contains a lot a valuable information on how to make your home more energy efficient as well as information on how to shop for energy efficient products such as replacement windows. Some explanation is given to the various materials used by manufacturers and what makes a product eligible for the EnergyStar label.

I would recommend anyone who is shopping for replacement windows to visit the websites below for a generic overview and unbiased information on replacement windows, how they perform and how they are rated.

www.nfrc.org
www.energystar.gov
www.efficientwindows.org

Unfortunately, the missing element to much of the information on these sites is durability. The window testing and reviews are conducted on new window products. Most products will have very high energy efficient ratings when they are first installed. But, how long will the window perform at this level? 5 years? 10 years? More than 20 years?

The most important indicator of how long a window will maintain it’s high level of energy efficient performance is the quality of materials used to make the window. The difference in a windows lifespan particularly in heavy sun can literally be doubled by using higher quality materials in the frame, glass and spacer bars. Beware the replacement window that is touted as just as good as it’s much higher priced competitor.

At Artisan Windows we continue to have a very high degree of confidence in the replacement window products we sell. These products can be a little more expensive but, true value lies in performance AND durability not just the cheapest price.

If you are considering replacement windows for your home please feel free to give us a call. We will give you honest, straight forward information about all of the window products on the market and help you find the right product for your home and budget.