Understanding the NFRC and Energy Star Labels

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Updating the doors and windows of your home is not a small undertaking, especially if you want the best in quality, appearance, and insulation. In order to choose what’s best for your home and your energy bill, it’s helpful to understand exactly what you’re paying for. To help you decide, there are two rating systems to consider in window and door replacements – Energy Star and National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). While both stickers are good to see on your potential new windows and doors, the NFRC label will tell you more details than the Energy Star one. Let’s take a look at both labels to better understand what they mean. Energy Star Ratings There are two measurements that Energy Star takes into account when it comes to window and door performance: U-Factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (discussed below). Who sets the guidelines for Energy Star ratings? These standards are strict and set in place by the federal government. If you see an Energy Star label on the door or window you’re looking to purchase, you can rest assured that they’ve been thoroughly tested and meet the efficiency criteria set up by the…

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How to Naturally Improve Home Lighting

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Is your home interior too dark, no matter how brightly the sun is shining? Natural light is a wonderful way to brighten up a dreary home, but sometimes it’s difficult to figure out how to let more in. Some homes have several obstacles in the way of natural light – not enough windows, bad window placement, thick foliage blocking the sun, or other factors that you may or may not be able to change. If you’re willing to make a few changes, there are ways to improve your home lighting besides putting a lamp in every corner. First, let’s take a look at some ways to remodel your home to strategically add new windows and maximize that wonderful natural light source. Then, we’ll go over a few other ways to brighten up your home that doesn’t require busting through walls. Clerestory Windows This is an architectural style that places windows above eye level, usually near the roofline. This placement helps diffuse the light coming into the room while maintaining the privacy of your home. These windows are perfect for bathrooms. They’re also popular in kitchens, which tend to have minimal wall space for extra…

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Dealing with Home Exterior Storm Damage

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When a storm rips through your neighborhood, it can leave a huge amount of damage behind. Your gutters, roof, windows, doors, and siding are all exposed to the elements and potential storm damage. An average of 1000 tornados and other extremely windy storms blow across the United States each year, not to mention hail and flooding. Wind, rain, ice, and debris such as tree branches can all cause lasting damage to the exterior of your home. Knowing what minor damages to look for in your siding after a storm will let you know when to repair or replace it. Even small problems can turn into larger ones if left untreated for too long, and you need to protect your home before the next big storm blows through. All Seasons Windows & Siding will take a look at some areas to check inside and outside your home to make sure your siding is in good condition and has not sustained storm damage. Prepare your Home Exterior Before a Storm If you know that a big storm is coming ahead of time, or if you live in an area that sees a lot of storms, you…

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6 Ways to Tell You Need New Siding

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At the change of the season is a great time to take a fresh look at that to-do list of tasks around the house. When the weather is about to get hot or cold, you should consider updating the outside of your home. While you’re examining the building, pay close attention to the old siding. There are a few indicators to keep an eye out for that mean it’s time to repair or replace your siding altogether. Siding replacement is a major project to put on that to-do list, but it’s one that needs to be taken seriously. Well-maintained siding provides your home with insulation, protects it from the elements, and keeps the outside appearance nice and inviting. Fortunately, All Seasons Windows and Siding can help guide you through every step of the process. For now, let’s take a look at some warning signs that might suggest that it’s time to get some new siding! 1. Cracked Siding The most obvious place to start looking for siding problems is the siding itself. Look closely for any cracks, gaps, or buckling. Any of these flaws will compromise the siding and your home. Cracked or warped…

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Make Your Home Exterior Eco Friendly

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If given enough time, every home will need some work done on its exterior. This could include the windows, siding, and/or rooftop. Depending on what you plan to update, there are options available to make those changes better for the environment as well as the look and protection of the building. From energy saving windows to solar panel roofing, the options to create an eco friendly home are improving every year. The best part is that by improving the efficiency of your home, you’ll also save money on your energy bills! Let’s take a look at some ways you can improve your home the eco friendly way. Energy Efficient Windows One of the easiest ways to improve your home is to install high quality energy efficient windows. Not only will the new windows look great, but they will also keep your home well insulated and lower your energy bills all year round. Over the years, you’ll offset the up-front cost of installing new windows with those reduced heating and cooling bills. When looking into a window purchase, check out the National Fenestration Rating Council energy ratings to determine the eco friendliness of the options. Eco…

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How to Choose the Right Siding Color for Your Home

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If you’re planning to update the outside of your home with some new siding, there are several important questions to ask. What type of siding should I choose? How much insulation will I need? But the most exciting decision to make is – which color do I want to use? Picking a new color for the outside of your home can be fun, and there are a lot of options! Before you make the final decision, there are a few things to consider. For example, you should take a look at the other homes in your neighborhood and consult with the homeowner’s association (HOA) if necessary. You should also think about how long you intend to live in your home. If you’re going to sell it soon, it might affect your color choice. Let’s take a closer look at siding color options and the factors that might influence your decision. Know Your Home When it comes to comparing color swatches, looks can be deceiving. A color may look great on that little square, but when you put it onto the side of a building, it will take on a whole new look. Consider the…

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Lower your Energy Bill with Window Improvements

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Does it seem that no matter the time of year, you always have either your furnace or your air conditioner running? In the middle of the summer or winter, have you ever looked at your energy bill and thought that it was costing a little more than usual? Before you start blaming that old furnace or air conditioner, you should check the windows. If your current windows are getting old and drafty, they could be the main culprit for your soaring energy bills. Let’s take a look at how replacing or improving your windows can help lower your energy bill while keeping you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter! Lower Your Energy Costs Lowering your energy costs each month is probably your biggest incentive to replace your windows with more efficient ones. Our customers usually save about 20 to 40% off their energy bills with new energy efficient windows, depending on the state of the previous windows and the efficiency of the new ones. For the best results, replace your old ones with Triple Pane Krypton or Double Pane Argon windows. Federal Tax Credits Many homeowners don’t realize when they qualify…

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