Everyone remembers earning gold stars as kids: the prestigious seal of approval that you worked so hard for and wore proudly. Wouldn’t it be nice, as an adult, to get the same recognition when you accomplish something great? 5-Star hotels get more notoriety than their counterparts, as do restaurants, films, and most products you shop for online. Earning stars is a big deal. So, wouldn’t it make sense for a company to stand out when they’ve won the National Energy Star Partner of the Year Award, four years in a row? Zen Windows Colorado Springs offers products that did just that in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. That’s a lot of stars! That makes you want to sit up and take notice, doesn’t it? When you are considering windows and doors in Colorado Springs, credentials like these are hard to ignore.
Not just any old window or door out there on the market qualifies to be an ENERGY STAR product, especially in the Northern Region as in Colorado Springs. There is a rigorous process that each window and door must undergo before being considered for this title. The regulations include:
If it were easy to earn this label, all windows would have them, but in fact, it’s challenging for a company to get to this point. That’s why you should look for that ENERGY STAR seal of approval, that way you know you are getting a quality product.
When you find the ENERGY STAR label and start reading it, you need to understand what the information is telling you. Otherwise, you won’t know how to select the right windows and doors for your home.
One of the most important terms you are going to see on the label is the U-Factor. This measures the rate of heat transfer and tells you how well the window insulates. For Colorado Springs and the winters we typically get, always look for a 0.30 rating or less. If more energy-efficiency is an important factor for you, invest a little more and get something 0.25 or less. The lower the U-factor, the better the window insulates.
Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) This rating is about how well a window will perform in the summer – it tells you how much solar radiation a window will allow to penetrate. The rating is on a scale between 0 and 1, and once again, lower means better. A good SHGC for our climate is 0.32 or less.
The National Fenestration Rating Council is the leader in energy performance information, education, and certified ratings for fenestration products. And the Environment Protection Agency of the federal government of the United States was created to protect human health and the environment by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by Congress. In short, these guys know their stuff and set the standards.
Three models of the industry’s leading brand, Soft-Lite – which is the only brand Zen Windows carries – are Karma, Nirvana, and Lotus. These are names you want to remember. Let’s call this the “good, better and best” options, and they are all fantastic. Meeting and surpassing industry standards, any one of these three lines will be amazingly energy efficient and look absolutely stunning in your home.
Zen Windows Colorado Springs is the leading window and door company in Colorado Springs, offering windows and doors that are so energy efficient they have earned the coveted National ENERGY STAR partner of the year award in 2014-2017 from the EPA. For more information click here to check out our amazing selection of windows, then give us a call at (719) 582-6115 and let us help you find the perfect windows and doors for your home.