Now’s the time to make energy improvements to your Chicago Home! Did you realize that installing energy efficient windows and doors could lower your heating and cooling costs by over 30%?
December 31st marks the end to the federal tax credit (potentially $1500) for replacing your home’s single pane windows to more efficient, energy saving panes. More information on the tax credit can be found at the Energy Star website here.
Windows labeled as Energy Star reduce temperature costs, while the NFRC label reflects a gauge of heat loss and retention that a window provides. The tax credit only applies to windows marked with a .3 rate.
As a Chicago homeowner, other considerations on window and door purchases should include condensation resistance. This isn’t required for a rebate, but a higher rating is preferred as it will reduce the level of interior condensation. Usually a spacer is inserted between two panes of glass, causing separation and a warm spacer style is recommended.