Energy Efficient Windows

Energy efficient windows have come a long way in helping home owners cut back on their electric bills. Today saving money with energy savings is easier than ever.

When it is time to buy new windows one of the key things you want to think about is where you live. Do you live in a cooler climate where you want to cool out and heat in. Or do you live in a warmer climate where you want the heat out and cool in. Energy Star has a great map helping you figure out what climate zone you are in (See image below).

Next you want to pick your window rating, U-Value is the measurement of how much heat escapes from your home. The lower the number the better is cooler climates. The other rating is the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC), this measures how much solar radiation enters the home. Here the lower the number is best in warmer climates.

With energy efficient windows you not only save money on electric bills but you can get tax benefit too. If your windows have a U-Value or SHGC rating of .30 or lower you are eligiable for a tax credit. So you are always saving money with energy efficiant windows.

As always Exterior Specialties of PA is always here to help you with any questions, call us today for a free estimate.

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