Take, for example, Front Door. Residential replacement windows have long been a favorite improvement project among homeowners. And for good reason. Many older homes have windows that have outlasted their useful life. The old windows may let in drafts and damaging ultraviolet rays which destroy furniture and carpets. In recent years, new home builders have used increasingly less expensive products. Homeowners are finding that the windows in a new home can need to be replaced in as little as five years.
One of the most critical benefits of window replacement is that new windows can improve the energy efficiency of the home. This means that the costs of heating and cooling the home go down for the homeowner. In addition, replacement windows can be a real boon for the environment by saving energy. Energy savings is good for both the local environment and the global environment.
Right now is a great time to replace your windows. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 includes some new tax credits for homeowners who replace their windows. Homeowners can take a tax credit of 30 percent of the cost of the new windows up to $1500 total. For more information and details on the credit, visit the government’s and consult your own tax advisor. Beware, though, not all Energy Star products qualify for the credit. Now replacement windows must meet strict government standards to qualify for the credit.