Have you heard of the term LowE? This is a film that is installed on the surface of one of the panes of glass. It gives that appearance of a very slight tint, compared to clear glass. This film helps keep the warm air inside in the winter, and will also let some heat transmitted from the sun. In the summer time with the higher angle of the sun, it’s heat is not generated through as much.
Typical windows, no matter if wood or vinyl will have two panes of glass. In between the panes, usually ½” to as much as 1” will be filled with an argon gas. Window frames also have improved with technology. There are spacers that create a thermal break. Frames can account for a large portion of energy loss. Wood, vinyl and fiberglass are all options for frames. In vinyl windows, hollow chambers are created to help the transfer through the jamb. There is also a tax credit available for 2011. Contact Us for more more information.
This article was published by Fox News and gives an overview of window replacement options, types of possible installation and how to determine if your project is eligible for a tax break.
If you purchase an energy-efficient product or renewable energy system for your home, you may be eligible for a federal tax credit. To be eligible, there are some considerations to be made. In order to qualify your project must be completed no later than December 31, 2010.
You may be thinking, "it's only August, I have plenty of time". The reality is that factors such as the proposal, scheduling, ordering and production of materials (many windows are custom made) and the project work itself all take time. For material orders, we generally use a time frame of 3-6 weeks as our rule of thumb.
What qualifies for the credit?
Windows, doors and skylights - Energy efficient windows, doors and skylights can reduce energy bills. Storm windows and doors may qualify for a tax credit also.
Insulation- Adding adequate insulation is one of the most cost-effective home improvements that you can do. A variety of materials can be used for this quality improvement.
Roofs - Qualified roof products reflect more of the sun's rays, which can lower roof surface temperature by up to 100F, decreasing the amount of heat transferred into your home. Roofing materials used must meet the Energy Star Requirements.
Heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), water heaters- A variety of pumps, furnaces, air conditioners, heaters and boilers may be eligible.
If you have been considering a project and would like to take advantage of the Federal Tax Credit, contact your local contractor to get on their schedule. They will be able to work with you on your project using energy efficient materials.
More information may be found at: Energy Star