Upgrading Windows

By Robert Robillard on Energy Saving

Upgrading Windows

Convert Old Windows to Maintain Style, Save Money and Conserve Energy

Older homes typically are in need of new windows, which can save significant amounts of energy. A home need not be that old to benefit from this upgrade. In just over the last decade, technology has made dramatic leaps.

Homeowners, however, want to maintain the existing look and style of a home without cutting into walls or harming trim, and may be wary of a full window replacement. A great and less expensive solution for that is a window conversion kit that easily converts an existing double hung window to state of the art technology.

For example, Andersen Windows www.andersenwindows.com — recently updated its double hung conversion kit allowing homeowners to upgrade their Andersen windows installed as far back as 1968, to state-of-the-art window technology, while maintaining the look of the original windows.

Andersen has sold some 60 million double hung windows since the late 1960s, and its conversion kit is applicable to most.

High Performance Low-E4 Glass

Many early models contain single or dual-pane glass. Converting such windows to a more energy efficient design with High Performance Low-E4® or Low-E4® SmartSun™ glass can provide as much as 47 percent more energy efficiency in the winter and up to 70 percent more in the summer.

Each kit includes two window sash (upper and lower), left and right jamb assemblies, instructions and other components for the conversion.

Federal Tax Credit

The windows will adhere to the government’s new strict standards for energy efficient windows, thereby qualifying for a federal tax credit of up to $1,500. To qualify, the installation must be finished by the end of 2010.

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