Forum Title: Andersen windows do not qualify for tax rebate
I was bummed to learn that my new andersen windows I just received do not qualify for the federal energy tax rebate. The guideline being it needs to have a U factor and a Solar Heat gain of less than.30, the standard Andersen 400's have .30 and .31 respectively. I did not upgrade the glass option to smart sun based on the advice of the contractor who said it was not worth the money and that here in Maine a lower solar heat gain isn't really better. I think it stinks that they couldn't have had a little different standard depending on your location. I will likely save more energy than I would have if I had upgraded by taking advantage of solar heat through the windows. I guess this is more of a rant than a question, but I would love to have anyone explain solar heat gain better, I think I'm on the right track that a higher gain in my climate is actually better.
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: ROBERTA GUERRERO (Medford, OR), 01/10/2019

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- Lyndi (Utica, NY), 02/22/2019

Since the inception of the energy credit, I always quote only products that qualify, or let my customer know they don't. I am surprised to hear that the Andersen products you selected did not. It sounds like your contractor let you down by not being specific as to what you were buying.

- CRAIG MORALES (Waterbury, CT), 02/08/2019

I'm not sure what problem one of the mods is having, but I have posted that link twice and both times it has dissapeared without a note. So we will try this link. The Efficient Windows Collaborative: Resources This one gives a brief description of SHGC and I believe is in agreement with your thinking. Bud

- DEBRA ADAMS (Independence, MO), 02/23/2019

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