ENERGY STAR is a program run by the United States Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency that helps individuals and businesses protect the environment through greater energy efficiency. The ENERGY STAR label can be affixed only to windows and doors that meet specific U-Factor and shading coefficient ratings for one or more regions of the U.S. These ratings are achieved through independent testing done to NFRC* standards. The ratings of one window will differ from another because of variables such as the glass used, style and product design.
Learn more about the ENERGY STAR program at www.energystar.gov.
*National Fenestration Rating Council, a federal program created to establish standardized testing procedures and ratings of window and door products.
All SoftLite vinyl windows and patio doors that incorporate any of SoftLite’s numerous high-performance glass options meet ENERGY STAR requirements and therefore are ENERGY STAR labeled. SoftLite windows have consistently achieved some of the highest NFRC ratings in the industry.
Most SoftLite windows have been recognized as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient Products. The ENERGY STAR Most Efficient designation recognizes the most efficient products among those that qualify for the ENERGY STAR. Double-hung, sliding and picture windows from every one of SoftLite’s product lines — including Barrington, Bainbridge LE, Pro, Classic Plus, Imperial Elite and Elements — have earned the Most Efficient designation with various high-performance, insulated glass systems. SoftLite windows had to meet strict criteria to earn the prestigious Most Efficient distinction. In addition, SoftLite has consistently been awarded ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year and the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award which is a high honor and shows our company’s dedication to manufacturing windows that will save you on your home’s energy costs.
As the weather grows colder, foggy windows can become a problem in some homes. This simple phenomenon happens when an object is cooler than the air around it, causing a thin layer of water molecules to form on the surface. The windows in our homes are among the most common spots where this condensation occurs because windowpanes receive direct contact with the cold air outside and are usually the coldest surfaces in the interior of a house. While this may sound harmless, the condensation that forms causes water droplets to run down windows and walls, which can result in mold and mildew.