LESLIE: Joan’s calling in from New Jersey with a window question. What can we do for you today?
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JOAN: Yes, I have a question about the difference between resistance glass or argon glass. Is there a difference that you know about?
TOM: Between what type of glass and argon?
JOAN: Resistance glass.
TOM: Hmm, not quite sure what you’re talking about with respect to resistance glass but argon is the gas that’s in between two panes of glass. It’s an insulating gas and it makes the window much more energy efficient.
JOAN: Right. So you’ve never heard of the resistance glass.
TOM: I don’t know what you’re talking about with the resistance, no. I’ll tell you what you need to do, though. You need – if you’re going to choose replacement windows, you want to make sure that you buy a window that qualifies for the federal energy tax credit.
TOM: There’s a label on the window. It’s called the NFRC rating; the National Fenestration Rating Council. And that label is how you tell whether or not the window qualifies for the federal energy tax credit. You’ll want to get that in writing from any window contractor you talk to because if it does qualify, you can get up to a 30-percent tax credit on the cost of the windows.
JOAN: OK, doesn’t have that, that’s not too good.
TOM: (overlapping voices) Right. You know, if you go to MoneyPit.com, on the home page you will find one of the articles that’s featured in the gallery is a detailed guide to how to replace your windows; everything you need to know about choosing the different types of glass. It’s all there on the home page at MoneyPit.com.
JOAN: Great. Thank you so much.
TOM: (overlapping voices) Alright? You’re welcome. Good luck with that project and thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.