Windows dramatically affect the energy efficiency of your home and the size of your utility bills. In Texas and other southern climates, poor quality windows contribute to high cooling bills, faded carpet and furnishings, and uncomfortable "hot spots" in the house.
- Heating Season Savings - The average household in hot climates can gain up to 32% savings from installing energy efficient windows.
- Cooling Season Savings - Similarly, a household can save up to 39% in cooler climates.
- Lower Mechanical Equipment Costs - Decreased cooling and heating demand not only saves you money, but also reduces wear and tear on heating and cooling systems. This diminishes the need for repair and replacement, and may also allow you to utilize smaller and less expensive equipment.
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Tax Credits & Incentives
- Tax Credits - Federal tax credits are available for installing qualified ENERGY STAR® windows, doors, and skylights between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2016. Learn more...
- Utility Incentives - Some utilities offer financial incentives to customers and/or contractors who install efficient windows. Contact your local utility to inquire about incentive availability and participation. For help identifying utilities serving your area, visit powertochoose.org
- Improved Daylight and View - New glazing techniques with low-solar-gain low-E (spectrally selective) coatings can reduce solar heat gain significantly with a minimal loss of visible light compared to older tints and films. Larger percentages of glazing are possible through the use of these new technologies with improved clarity.
- Improved Comfort - In summer and winter occupant comfort is increased. Window temperatures are more moderate and there are fewer cold drafts. Discomfort from strong summer sunlight is also reduced.
- Reducing Condensation - Frame and glazing materials that resist heat conduction do not become cold, which results in less condensation.
- Reducing Fading - Coatings on glass or plastic films within the window assembly can significantly reduce the ultraviolet (UV) and other solar radiation which causes fading of fabrics and furnishings.
- Environmental Benefits - Some additional environmental benefits that can be attributed to high-performance windows include the following:
- Improved air quality
- Less fossil fuel burned for heating and cooling
- Reduced dependence on foreign oil
- Reduced greenhouse gases
- Diminished need for costly new power plants
In addition to some of the obvious energy cost savings and other comfort and aesthetic benefits to the Homeowner, there are a number of marketing benefits that associated with selling high-efficiency windows as they are a value-added product that provides credibility and name recognition. See the Marketing link for more information.
For other user-specific discussions of the benefits associated with high-performance windows, consult the following user pages:
Builder and Architect Benefits
Residential Customers Benefits