Vinyl Window Ratings and ROI: How Window Glass Ratings Can Rate You a Tax Break

December 29, 2009

Here's the deal. The Feds are offering tax breaks to consumers who make energy-efficient home improvements. Knowing a little about window glass ratings will ensure that you get maximum return on your investment.

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Why Do Vinyl Window Ratings Matter?
The first thing you should understand is the value of a tax credit as opposed to a deduction. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a tax credit reduces tax dollar-for-dollar, where a deduction simply reduces the tax owed by a percentage. This is precisely where vinyl window ratings come into play.

Purchase a product that meets government standards for energy-efficiency and receive a tax credit for 30% of the cost for improvements, up to $1,500. The cut-off period for this offer is December 31, 2010. That means you should be considering a new installation within the next couple of months.

Window Glass Ratings and the ENERGY STAR Label
Pioneered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, the ENERGY STAR program promotes best-practices in eco-friendly home ownership. ENERGY STAR sets vinyl window ratings to educate consumers on smart buying options for energy-efficient products and services. Here's what it has to say about window glass ratings:

  • Gas Fills. Argon or Krypton that enhance insulation
  • Low E-glass. Reflect infrared and ultraviolet light
  • Multiple Panes. Greater energy-efficiency, improved noise reduction and impact resistant
  • Quality Frame Materials. Reduce heat transfer and improve insulation
  • Warm Edge Spacers. Keep window liners the correct distance apart

Act now and you could be getting more money back from Uncle Sam in the spring. Check out the latest in window glass ratings for an energy-smart home and a healthy tax return.

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