Choosing Smart Windows

Choosing Smart Windows

If your in the market for new windows the good news is that there are an incredible number of styles and options. Experts say, the first step to perfect windows is choosing a style and shape that fits your taste, and then you need to make sure they are energy efficient.

Look for argon-filled glazing and low-E coatings. But don’t be duped, some types of windows claiming energy efficiency may not be that energy efficient. A good guideline is to check if windows meet the performance levels created by the federal government’s Energy Star Program. If so, they’ll carry the Energy Star label. This is important, because Energy Star windows will eventually pay for themselves in your heating and cooling bills.

Beware, that label doesn’t mean the windows automatically qualify for the federal tax credit. To be eligible, the window’s U-factor and solar heat gain coefficient must both less than or equal to 0.30. The U-factor gauges the window’s insulation value, and the solar heat gain coefficient measures how well a product blocks heat transfer from sunlight.

Local realtors say, upgrading your windows is a huge selling feature. It’s often the first thing buyers notice from the outside. If buyers are enticed by what they see on the outside, they’ll definitely want to check out the inside. Even better, experts say when you upgrade your windows, you will see a 60-80% return on investment!

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    Comment by Matt@Replacement Windows: May 9, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    That is so true about windows being a huge selling feature. I can’t tell you how many times I have driven past a house with paint peeling from the windows. If I was in the market for buying a new house, I wouldn’t even bother with those houses, too much work 😛

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