Windows tend to set the tone for feeling of the home. When you have large windows in every home, the environment of the house tends to feel bright and cheery. Small windows such as the ones found in basements tend to bring a darker dreary feel with them. So then when choosing new windows you will want to think about light exposure, ventilation, and temperature for each room your new windows will go in.
Choosing the right Window is a clear way to make your home more energy efficient.
If you are an owner of an older home and are wondering why your electric bills are sky high take a good look at your windows. Older windows were not designed with efficiency in mind. Swapping out your windows may seem like an expensive daunting task but well worth it in the long run. Air loves to escape through the cracks of old windows. Swapping out your windows for new windows will benefit your monthly electric bill enormously. New windows will help lock the air tight into the comfort of your home, that is what this is all about. So what kind of window should you look for.
You will want to look for triple pane windows! This is one of the best investments you can make on your home. Preferably, gas filled triple pane windows. Be sure to read the label and look for a low U value. Also look for windows which qualify for federal tax credits while they last.
There is some great news for home owners looking to make their home more energy efficient.
Federal Tax Credits are available for homes equipped for efficiency. Although not all Energy Star products will qualify it should be of great concern to check if the product you are considering buying will qualify.
ENERGY STAR distinguishes some aspects of energy efficient products.
Although they may cost more to purchase than standard models, will pay you back in lower energy bills within a reasonable amount of time. (for more information on ENERGY STAR products that are TAX deductible, visit this website: Federal Tax Credit )
On a related note, you will do well to look into Skylight covers if your home has them. Skylight covers are a great way to deflect direct sunlight from heating your home while you are trying to keep it cool.
Making your home energy efficient is worth the effort. A great place to start is by taking a closer look at your household items that can be replaced and your windows make a great place to start.