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Energy Star is an independent U.S. Government program establishing a standard set of guidelines to recognize the energy efficiency of various products. In the home building and remodeling industry, ENERGY STAR® guidelines are used in conjunction with a variety of building materials, including windows and patio doors.

Studies have shown that over 40% of a typical home's annual energy budget is consumed by windows and doors. ENERGY STAR® labeled windows and doors are twice as efficient as those manufactured just ten years ago, and they are 40% more efficient than products manufactured using common building code guidelines.

For windows and doors, ENERGY STAR® guidelines assess the U-factor and the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC).
The U-factor is commonly described as the amount of heat transferred through a material. The lower the U-factor, the slower the rate of heat flow and the better the insulating quality.

The SHGC refers to the amount of heat from the sun that windows and doors allow into the home. The lower the number, the greater the ability to reduce the amount of heat absorbed into the home.

All of Sunset's windows qualify and are endorsed by the Energy Star label.

Because the United States covers such a large area, ENERGY STAR® guidelines have been tailored to meet specific climate considerations in the North, South and Central regions of the country.

Several product features can improve a window or door’s ability to meet ENERGY STAR® guidelines. Features such as low emissivity glass, the size of the air space inside the insulating glass unit and the type of frame and sash material are just a few product attributes that can alter how well a window or door meets the established ENERGY STAR® guidelines in a specific area of the country.

Sunset Home Improvement products are designed and can be tailored for maximum efficiency in all climates. Call a Sunset Home Improvements representative and let us tell you more!

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