Tax Credits for Energy-Saving Window Film End Soon

December 4th, 2013 by Editor

With Federal tax credits still available until December 31st for up to $500 for the installation of window film, the International Window Film Association (IWFA) says it is educating the public with a free booklet about the harmful impact of winter sunlight on a home’s interior and people’s skin, and the beneficial energy savings that many of today’s window films provide.

“People in northern states may not realize that the low angle of the winter sun means more ultraviolet rays can come through a window and into the living space than in the summer in Florida,” says Darrell Smith, executive director of the IWFA. “The sun’s deeply penetrating and harmful UVA rays pass right through unprotected glass and onto the next surface, whether it’s furniture, a floor or skin to cause fading, wrinkled skin or worse.”

Professionally installed window films are manufactured with many features that can reduce energy consumption from solar heat gain in summer, reflect interior heat back inside in winter, while allowing in natural light without the negative impact of UV exposure. Year-round, window film can help to control glass breakage and can prevent glass shards from hurting people. Safety/security window films are an option that can be put on any structurally sound window.

As a long-term and cost-effective solution for saving energy, window film qualifies in the tax code as part of a building’s insulation envelope. The good news is that professionally installed window film is eligible for tax credits approved by Congress that offer up to 10 percent of the cost of window film installed in 2013, or in 2012, up to a maximum of $500.

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