Get Three Times the Payback for Replacing Old Windows
The federal government is now offering a tax credit for homeowners who make qualifying energy-efficient upgrades, such as replacing windows and doors. Homeowners can receive a tax credit equal to 30 percent of the product cost, up to
In order to receive the tax credit, windows or doors must meet strict criteria: .30 or lower U-factors, which measure the amount of heat escaping through a window or door in an hour; and .30 or lower solar heat gain coefficient, which measures how well a window or door blocks the heat generated from sunlight. It is important to note that not all ENERGY STAR(R) rated windows or doors meet the federal tax credit criteria.
“Consumers should not be deceived; not all windows and doors qualify for the federal tax credit,” said
Identifying Energy Efficient Windows, Doors
Several factors make windows, patio doors and entry doors more energy efficient. The composition of the window or door is a major factor, as is the glass.
All-aluminum windows will be the least energy efficient, whereas vinyl and clad wood windows will be the most efficient. Vinyl windows with multiple hollow chambers within the frame perform better than vinyl windows without the chambers. If you want wood interiors on your windows, you’ll want to choose a clad-wood window — vinyl-clad, fiberglass-clad or aluminum-clad. Peachtree’s 600 Series premium fiberglass-clad wood windows yield U-factors and solar heat gain coefficients well below the federal tax credit criteria and the recently revised ENERGY STAR criteria due out in 2010.
Most windows today have low-emissivity (Low E) coatings and two panes of glass, using the airspace in between the panes as insulation to help minimize heat and cold loss. Peachtree has an exclusive high-efficiency glass called Zo-e-shield(TM), which uses a proprietary combination of components and materials to surpass energy efficiency ratings of standard window glazing available. Zo-e-shield can reduce energy costs between 12 and 29 percent, depending on which area of the country you reside. A cost-savings calculator at www.zoeshield.com can help you determine how much you could save on utility bills by replacing your old drafty windows with Peachtree windows made with Zo-e-shield glass.
SOURCE Peachtree Doors and Windows