Energy Efficient Windows
It's been awhile since my last progress report, but things have been moving along - we have new windows installed! When it comes to windows energy efficiency is key, and the original windows down here certainly were not. Even the mild Los Angeles winter wind ripped right through them, and in the summer it was evident that they were not sealed tight and the air conditioner worked overtime.
So, how do you choose energy energy efficient windows? There are Certification programs like National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) and ENERGY STAR that provide ratings designed to indicate a window or door's efficiency. Performance ratings — like U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient — measure a product’s effectiveness in insulating and blocking heat. To obtain ENERGY STAR certification, a window or door must meet a set of requirements that differ based on geography, meaning a window that’s being installed in Minnesota has different requirements than one in Florida. The certification is meant to indicate that the window is energy-efficient in the region where it will be used, and can help homeowners save on energy costs. We opted for Marvin Integrity windows, and their website has additional information about energy efficiency.
The other nice bonus is that there is a federal tax credit of up to $500 for installing ENERGY STAR certified windows and doors!
Instead of buying fully finished and stained windows, we opted to save quite a bit of money and do it ourselves. So after the windows were installed, we had to stain the wood to match the windows we have upstairs. So Kris spent several weeknights staining and applying coats of polyurethane... and after that valiant effort it's unfortunately not dark enough! But he's a man with a plan so we'll tackle the color-correcting in a couple weeks. :)