Energy-efficient replacement windows Houston have been enjoying good publicity for the past couple of years. With the current economic status and the increasing awareness about global warming, the benefits energy-efficient windows provide are just irresistible to the public.
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However, the need for energy-efficient windows also has an ugly side. As the demand for energy-efficient windows increased, some manufacturers decided to slap the term “energy-efficient” on most of their products, leaving homeowners confused.
Thankfully, spotting a genuine energy-efficient window is easier than you think. Look for the Energy Star seal. Windows with this seal can already help you lower your cooling bills by 10-15%. To determine just how well a replacement window saves energy, look for the NFRC label. This label provides a detailed rating of the different factors that affect the energy efficiency of a window.
Thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, by simply using Energy Star certified windows, you qualify for a tax credit up to 10% of the cost of the window. That’s up to $200 less right off the bat. This does not even include the actual annual energy savings you’ll have.
So just how much can you save each year with energy-efficient windows? Suppose you have a 2000 sq foot home with a window to floor area of 15%, you can drive down your annual heating cost by around $200 and cooling costs to around $700-$800 by using an Energy Star qualified argon gas-filled window with double glazing and low-e coating.
A licensed contractor can help you calculate your energy savings in terms of the amount of windows you have and the total area of your home. For quality energy-efficient replacement windows Houston installations, choose All-Tex Home Improvement Services. You can contact us at (888) 669-1806 to schedule a free on-site assessment and estimate.