Monday, December 14, 2009

NFRC Label Guarantees Accuracy

If you want to make your home more energy efficient, installing replacement windows is a good place to start.

Be sure to choose windows with the highest energy-efficiency rating. You can get glazed or unglazed windows. You can also choose between purchase windows with argon and krypton gas for more insulation.

Whichever product you choose, be sure it has a label from the National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC). This is your guarantee that the information on the window is accurate.


Federal Tax Credit Provides Incentive for Replacing Fenestration Products

The energy bill extends tax credits for windows, doors, and skylights first established in the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

As of June 1, certain ENERGY STAR labeled windows, doors, and skylights qualify for a 30 percent tax credit, up to $1,500. ENERGY STAR’s Website explains that this program can help to reduce energy bills while improving comfort and protecting the environment. This federal tax credit is available through the end of 2010.

There are, however, some stipulations. All fenestration products must have a U-factor and a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) rating of 0.30 or below. These ratings need to be certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). NFRC is the only federally recognized organization for determining the energy performance of windows, doors and skylights.