Why Should You Have Energy Efficient Windows? • ASAP Roofing Why Should You Have Energy Efficient Windows? • ASAP Roofing
On December 10, 2012

Why Should You Have Energy Efficient Windows?

While many people may consider energy efficient windows a luxury, however, in a press release dated July 14, 2009, then Colorado Governor, Bill Ritter announced that, “Gov. Bill Ritter and the Governor’s Energy Office will be applying for a portion of the $300 million announced today by the U.S. Department of Energy for home appliance rebates. Colorado will be eligible for $4.7 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that will be used to provide rebates for residents who purchase new ENERGY STAR qualified home appliances, such as furnaces and refrigerators.”

The release went on to say that Tax credits through the Recovery Act for installing energy efficient windows, doors, roofs, insulation, heating and air conditioning systems and water heaters. Homeowners can deduct up to $1,500 from their income taxes for eligible projects, are currently available.

ASAP ROOFING and the state of Colorado are not alone in recognizing and rewarding efforts toward sustainability, as the  federal Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit, which is designed to cover 30 percent of the cost of energy efficiency measures like windows for up to $1,500, has been in effect as of 2011. In order to qualify, the windows must be installed on your primary home, and they must have a U-Factor and a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient of 0.30 or lower.

The U factor (the rate at which a home conducts non-solar heat, also known as the amount of heat loss through the home’s windows), and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (solar radiation that passes through the windows and then is transmitted into the home) aren’t the only considerations when it comes to energy efficient windows, however. Airflow (the amount of air that can pass through your windows) is also quite important, and when it comes to installation, the most frequently affected factor. That is to say that most homeowners who install windows on their own have no problem choosing the right windows, but fitting them correctly is another factor (mostly due to lack of professional installation tools).

 But if your window doesn’t fit perfectly, there are still some options to improve efficiency and The U.S. Department of Energy recommends caulking and weatherstripping any leaks and adding storm windows in winter months to reduce airflow from cold winds – ASAP ROOFING does this regularly. Green Living expert, Kimbra Cutlip seconds this sentiment, “Properties that contribute to energy efficiency include low-E glass, which has a coating that reflects infrared light; low U-factor, which measures the window’s resistance to heat flow; quality frames and double or triple panes of glass that are kept apart with spacers made of insulating material; air or insulating gases, such as argon and krypton, which are more effective in the void between the panes; and durable framing material that is well sealed.”

Cutlip also cites the following Energy Star recommendations for each region: Northern — U-factor of 0.30 or less, but it can be slightly more if SHGC is 0.35 or higher. North Central — U-factor of 0.32 or less; SHGC of 0.4 or less. South Central — U-factor of 0.35 or less; SHGC of 0.3 or less. Southern — U-factor of 0.6 or less; SHGC of 0.27 or less.

 Although these Tax credits are currently not available, it is always wise to improve the efficiency of your home. ASAP ROOFING will be glad to inspect your home free of charge. We primarily look at attic insulation, and windows for the biggest return on investment.

So if you are interested in just how energy efficient windows can save you money, boost your home’s value and improve the overall appearance, give ASAP ROOFING, sustainable home experts, a call, or visit them at www.asaproofing.com

Written by Nick Dorotik

nick@asaproofing.com

 

Nick Dorotik is the Vice President of ASAP Roofing, and manages the sales and marketing. You can find him on Google+ and twitter.

 

For more information about ASAP ROOFING, visit http://asaproofing.com/

References:

 http://greenliving.nationalgeographic.com/energy-star-efficient-windows-2309.html

 http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=tax_credits.tx_index

 http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/incentive.cfm?Incentive_Code=US43F

Also see:

http://asaproofing.com/should-you-get-a-home-energy-rating/

http://asaproofing.com/boulder-green-points-program-a-model-to-follow/

  • By kirk  2 Comments 
  • 2 Comments

    Posted by Felix on
    • Dec 19 2012
    Reply  
    Howdy there! After recently becoming a homeowner in Denver I find myself in a position that I will have to replace some windows in the coming year. I find myself with two options. The first decision to be made will be the choice of wood or vinyl windows, it is my understanding that high quality wood windows are more expensive then vinyl windows, however, also have a higher level of durability and are visually more appealing as well. Those facts by themselves lead me to favor wood over vinyl windows. The second decision is one of energy savings. The choice lies between double and triple glassed windows. Needless to say any window upgrade will save me money in the longterm over the current drafty single glassed windows. Can the expenses for triple glassed windows be offset by the savings in energy? Thanks for your help in advance! -Felix
      Posted by admin on
      • Dec 20 2012
      Reply  
      Wood frame windows can be aesthetically superior to vinyl frame windows, but what matters most is how they will match your current siding. Is the house brick or block? Or is it vinyl sided? That will probably be a deciding factor for you. Double pained windows will be far superior to the ones you have now. Triple panned windows are superior but the long term savings difference between triple as compared to double pained will hardly justify the cost.

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