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generated from sunlight. It is important to note that not all ENERGY STAR(R) rated windows or doors meet the federal tax credit criteria.
“Consumers should not be deceived; not all windows and doors qualify for the federal tax credit,” said Dave Koester, brand manager for Peachtree Doors and Windows, a manufacturer of windows, patio doors and entry doors. “Only select manufacturers produce products that readily qualify for the tax credit. Peachtree’s qualifying products include all-vinyl, vinyl-clad, fiberglass-clad and even select aluminum-clad and wood windows.”
All-aluminum windows will be the least energy efficient, whereas vinyl and clad wood windows will be the most efficient. Vinyl windows with multiple hollow chambers within the frame perform better than vinyl windows without the chambers. If you want wood interiors on your windows, you’ll want to choose a clad-wood window - - vinyl-clad, fiberglassclad or aluminum-clad. Peachtree’s 600 Series premium fiberglass-clad wood windows yield Ufactors and solar heat gain coefficients well below the federal tax credit criteria and the recently revised ENERGY STAR criteria due out in 2010.
Most windows today have low-emissivity (Low E) coatings and two panes of glass, using the airspace in between the panes as insulation to help minimize heat and cold loss. Peachtree has an exclusive highefficiency glass called Zo-e-shieldTM, which
Energy efficient doors and windows can pay numerous dividends, including lower utility bills, higher resale value and even tax breaks. uses a proprietary combination of components and materials to surpass energy efficiency ratings of standard window glazing available. Zo-eshield can reduce energy costs between 12 and 29 percent, depending on which area of the country you reside. A cost-savings calculator at www. zoeshield.com can help you determine how much you could save on utility bills by replacing your old drafty windows with Peachtree windows made with Zo-e-shield glass.
For more information on the federal energy tax credit, visit www. recovery.gov or www. peachtreedoor.com.
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