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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Winter Window Wonders

Could it be that the thermometer says it’s still 29 degrees outside in March? And, unfortunately it doesn’t feel much warmer indoors. What’s responsible for creating the big chill in your home? It could be your windows.

“Older, inefficient windows and those with single panes of glass simply are not equipped to help a home retain its heat,” says John Stark, shortline distribution channel manager for Simonton Windows. “You can crank up the thermostat, but it’s really just hiking up your heating bills without your home getting much warmer.”

Stark recommends you stop “heating the neighborhood” and the damage being done to your energy bills. Investing in energy efficient windows and having them installed during the late winter months will help you see a reduction in your heating bills … and help ensure that your summer cooling bills are also reduced.

“Too often homeowners suffer through the winter months waiting until warmer weather to replace their windows,” says Stark. “Why? Vinyl replacement windows can be installed any time during the year --- and replacement window project usually last just a day or so. And, when you hire a contractor to do this project in the winter months you may get a discount on their services and more than likely you’ll be tops on their project list.”

Another incentive for replacing windows is the newly-approved American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. This act provides up to $200 federal tax credit to homeowners replacing their older windows with energy-efficient ENERGY STAR® qualified windows. Visit for more details.

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