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Many products advertise energy efficiency. This all sounds well and good and like something you want,  but how do you know what you are looking for and whether it’s a good rating or not?

Honestly, even after doing research sometimes, I can go down some crazy rabbit holes and still not come out with the information I was looking for. Researching new windows can certainly take you down one of those rabbit holes if you aren’t careful.

The bottom line is that you want the most energy-efficient window possible to help save money on heating and cooling costs. What does it mean when you see the Energy Star label on a product?


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Another thing to keep in mind when selecting windows is your climate. The vast majority of Arkansas and Oklahoma is considered to be in the South Central zone as indicated by Energy Star. Recommendations are for a U-factor of ≤0.30. The U-factor range is from 0.20-1.20 and it measures how well a product can keep heat from escaping inside of a room.  The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) recommendation for the South Central zone is ≤0.25. This rating ranges from 0-1 and measures how well a product can revisit unwanted heat gain.



Mel Harris Company proudly sells Energy Star qualified windows. Not only are they energy-efficient, but they will upgrade the curb appeal of your home. You can choose from a wide selection of window types that will perfectly fit your style and budget. Call today, 800.NEW.ROOF, to speak to a professional staff member and schedule your free consultation.

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