Stay Cool in the Summer Heat with Our Vinyl Replacement Windows

When the hottest weeks of the summer hit, many seek refuge in their own homes with air conditioning. Air conditioning alone generally accounts for around 10% of yearly energy costs and leaky, inefficient windows can cause cool air to seep out which will force the air conditioner to work harder and result in higher energy bills. Replacing old windows with more efficient windows can help lower energy costs and increase the efficiency of your air conditioner, keeping your house cooler in the summer. The replacement windows from Green T feature Low-E glass and vinyl frames which help increase cooling efficiency by reducing heat radiation and leakage.

All of the replacement vinyl windows available from Green T Windows are Energy Star qualified and feature Low-E glass. Low-E, or low-emittance glass, reduces the transfer of heat into a home by cutting out solar radiation which can account for up to 2/3 of total energy loss. An almost undetectable layer of metal or metallic oxides in the glass helps reflect heat radiation while allowing the light from the sun to pass through. Therefore, a room can still fill up with natural light without being warmed up by heat radiation, resulting in more efficient cooling and less work from the air conditioner.

Replacement vinyl windows can also help increase the cooling efficiency of your air conditioner this summer by forming a tight seal to reduce leakage. Windows with a poor seal allow air from inside a home to seep out which can lower the efficiency of heating and cooling. Vinyl window frames form a better seal between the glass and the frame than wood or metal frames and they last much longer. By forming a tight seal, vinyl replacement windows reduce leakage which will help keep in the cool air during the summer as well as the warm air in the winter.

If your energy bills are rising this summer due to inefficient cooling, vinyl replacement windows could help increase your energy efficiency. The majority of cooling loss is through radiation and leakage and vinyl replacement windows alleviate these problems with a tighter seal and Low-E glass which cuts down on radiant heat. Contact Green T Windows to discuss the benefits of vinyl replacement windows and get the most out of your air conditioner to stay cool in the summer heat.

2013 Federal Tax Credits for Window Replacement

While we know that replacement windows can save money with increased energy efficiency and by bringing a nice return on investment in added home value, they can also earn you money with federal tax credits. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 was approved by Congress on January 3, 2013 to extend energy tax credit provisions for homeowners that make energy efficient upgrades to their home. This Act covers improvements that include energy efficient insulation, air sealing, exterior doors, and skylights as well as replacement windows.

The tax credit that can be claimed for replacement windows is 10% of the material cost for up to $200; the installation cost is not included. In order for the federal tax credit to be claimed for window replacement, the new windows must meet Energy Star requirements. These requirements include a performance value equal to or below a 0.30 U factor and a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient of 0.30. The window replacement must also be done by the end of 2013 for the credits to be redeemable.

Green T Windows offers window replacements and installation for casement, double hung, garden, basement/ escape, sliders, picture, awning/hopper, and bay/bow windows. Each of our window replacements are Energy Star qualified and either meet or exceed the Illinois Energy Efficient Building Act requirements. These windows are made from 100% pure, virgin vinyl that is extremely durable and forms a better seal for increased energy efficiency. Make sure to contact Green T Windows for vinyl replacements before the end of 2013 to qualify for the tax credits of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. Our windows will save you money on energy bills, provide a nice return on investment, and make you eligible for federal tax credits.