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Monday, March 21, 2011

One of my favorite features

I love the yard, the land and all the foliage on the property.  I also love the large windows and the possibilty of adding more windows and more light to the house.

We will have to change the windows and doors.  Some of the doors have rotted and certain windows don't close completely.  Since the property is in Florida, we are considering installing impact-resistant windows and doors.  These would help keep the residents and contents of the house safe in the event of hurricane-force winds.

Impact-resistant offer various benefits including:
Immediate protection from hurricanes
Protection from burglary and vandalism
Noise reduction
Sun protection

In addition, there are Federal Tax credits for energy efficiency improvements to existing houses.  These products must meet current Energy Star criteria. 
Some impact-resistant windows and doors block heat caused by sunlight. They also retain or keep out heat or cold.  Aluminum-frame windows do not meet this criteria. To accomplish the insulating ratings required by the Energy Star program, the windows should be made with vinyl frames.

To qualify for the tax credit products must conform to 2 key energy-efficiency standards and must be certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC).  The NFRC label lists the manufacturer, describes the product, and includes ratings for one or more energy perfomance characteristics.

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