You have decided to make some upgrades to your home and are installing new windows. What are a couple of things you may consider when shopping around for these windows? For one the government has now created an energy saving program that enables you to a federal tax credit for newly purchased windows. The Energy Star Program has been launched to help promote the purchase of energy efficient windows for your home. In fact after conducting a nationwide study, it has been found that when installing certified energy saving windows you can lower your energy bill by 12 percent. This in turn aids in helping reduce the emission of greenhouse gases from homes and power plants. The guidelines when purchasing these windows state that the windows have to have a U factor and solar heat gain coefficient less than or equal to .30. What exactly is a U factor? The U factor gauges the window’s insulation value while solar heat gain coefficient measures how well heat transfer is blocked. If these guidelines are met you are eligible for the federal tax credit equal to 30 percent of the windows cost up to a maximum of $1,500. Installation is not included in the tax credit however.
Another thing to consider when purchasing new windows is what type of material you would like. The guys at Metroplex Windows & Glass were incredible about explaining the increasing trend of installing fiberglass windows. As of a few years ago only 3 percent of the window market was made up of fiberglass material. However, with people realizing the durability and virtually maintenance free characteristics fiberglass windows have to offer, many are installing these instead of traditional vinyl. Not only are they middle of the road when it comes to price point, they are also stronger than vinyl and will not warp, rot, or crack. The only down fall is that as of now colors are a bit limited. With more focus and demand for these types of windows I believe we will see a big growth in color and style options in the near future.
It is always good to explore all options when adding to or renovating your home. With new materials and techniques frequently emerging the home improvement industry and its supplies are forever changing. It is always beneficial for both your pocketbook and the environment to purchase energy efficient products.