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Now is the time to upgrade your windows!

I.R.A. (Inflation Reduction Act) Tax Credits for Energy Efficient Windows In August 2022, the U.S. Government signed the Inflation Reduction Act, a comprehensive piece of legislation that, among other things, expands the Tax Credits for energy-efficient home improvements, and that includes window replacement. That means that besides enjoying energy savings, increased comfort, and property value when you install new ENERGY STAR-rated windows, you can now get a bigger refund when you file your taxes. According to the Okna Windows Website, “energy-efficient choices can save families about a third on their energy [...]

2022-08-19T20:17:21+00:00August 19th, 2022|blog, Energy Efficiency|

Energy Efficient Window Treatments

In our previous post, we discussed Storm Windows and the minimal role they play in curbing energy losses for homes with modern double and triple-paned ENERGY STAR-rated windows. We also suggested that if your home already has energy-efficient windows, your money will be better spent elsewhere, and that includes energy-efficient window treatments.  The modern energy-efficient windows are designed to prevent heat transfer to the glass pane, and they have a coating that filters out UV rays to prevent the sunlight from overheating the rooms indoors.  Yet, even energy-efficient windows can [...]

2022-08-05T17:31:57+00:00August 5th, 2022|blog, Energy Efficiency|

Frequently Asked Questions about Storm Windows

We often get calls from customers asking about storm windows, which leads us to conclude that there is indeed a lot of confusion on the subject.  While we do not sell or install storm windows, we will try to clarify the matter in this blog post by answering some of the most common questions. What are storm windows? Storm windows are window “shields” installed outside existing windows. Their purpose is to add an extra layer of wind and thermal protection to a home, especially in older houses with older windows. [...]

2022-07-28T21:09:43+00:00July 28th, 2022|Energy Efficiency|

The Case for Energy-Efficient Windows.

Thinking about window replacement? The typical single-pane, clear window is usually a thermal hole in any building envelope. According to the UMass Amherst | Department of Environmental Conservation, “most are 10 times less energy efficient than the wall area they replace. An average home may lose 30% of its heat or air-conditioning energy through its windows.” That means that without energy-efficient windows, you are paying substantially higher energy bills. Energy-efficient windows are an investment that tends to pay for itself in 2 to 10 years in energy savings alone, but they [...]

2022-05-27T17:39:50+00:00May 27th, 2022|blog, Energy Efficiency|

The problem with sweaty windows

  Condensation on the interior of windows is something very common, and can quickly become a hassle, especially when the water starts to drip onto drywall and furniture, leading to mold growth. Condensation happens because of temperature differences between the outside and the inside of your home, and even the best brands, most well-insulated, sealed, and installed windows can eventually show signs of condensation. This video by Renewals by Andersen explains well the process https://youtu.be/ENauwSi3NI4   Dealing with sweaty windows, year-round There are a few improvements and lifestyle changes [...]

2022-05-06T17:47:20+00:00May 6th, 2022|Energy Efficiency|

Energy Savings Through the Roof

The scoop on energy-efficient, cool roofing With the soaring fuel prices, homeowners are beginning to consider the idea of investing in energy-saving home improvements to save on the ever-increasing energy bills. From newer Energy Star-Rated HVAC units and appliances to energy-efficient windows, homeowners are in search of the projects that will bring them the most bang for the buck. And that brings us to today's topic. Energy-efficient roofing. A lot of energy waste can happen through your attic and roof, especially if your HVAC ducts run through the attic. A [...]

2022-05-13T20:50:00+00:00May 6th, 2022|blog, Energy Efficiency|