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Earn Stimulus Tax Credits With Energy Efficient Crystal Windows
- Manufacturer Offers More Qualifying Models at Better Prices Than Most Competitors -

Crystal Window & Door Systems’ Antique Chinese Window and Door Exhibit as previously displayed at Crystal’s factory headquarters. FLUSHING, NY, March 19, 2009 C Crystal Window & Door Systems, the award winning national manufacturer, is pleased to inform the industry and the public that fourteen of its high-performance vinyl window models can earn homeowners substantial tax credits under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus legislation recently signed into law. Homeowners who install the qualifying Crystal products during the period January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2010 may claim a tax credit of 30% of the cost of the windows up to a maximum of $1,500 per home.

The newly enacted legislation establishes tough energy criteria of a 0.30 U-value and simultaneously a 0.30 Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) for windows to qualify for the tax credit. These energy performance targets are significantly more aggressive than those established by the U.S. Department of Energys current Energy Star? Program. To determine that its window models qualify for the tax credit, Crystal used independent third party laboratories to test its window models and verify that they achieve or surpass the new progressive energy efficient standards. The fourteen qualifying Crystal models span five of the companys vinyl product lines and include popular styles such as double-hung, single-hung, picture, casement, slider and hopper. The company expects to add to this lineup of qualifying products in the coming months.

Of the manufacturers with products qualifying for the stimulus tax credits, many rely on triple-glazing to achieve the performance criteria. On the other hand, most of the Crystal qualifying products do not require triple glazing to achieve the progressive standards, but use a simpler, less expensive high-tech spectrally selective dual glazing system.

Not only are we offering many more qualifying products than other vinyl window manufacturers, but we will be able to offer our made-in-America windows to the industry at a very cost effective price, said Harold Kaye, Senior Vice President for Business Development at Crystal and one of the companys internal champions for high-performance products. We have trained our sales team on all aspects of this tax credit issue and were rolling out this information to our dealer/distributor network and to the public. This is a win-win for all involved C Crystal, our trade customers, homeowners, the economy and the environment.

Fenestration dealers/distributors, building supply companies, lumberyards, and home improvement contractors seeking more information on the tax credit issue and Crystals qualifying products are encouraged to contact the companys sales representatives.

Crystal Window & Door Systems is one of the top 60 manufacturers in North America of replacement and new construction vinyl and aluminum window and door products and high-end fenestration systems. Crystal offers a full product line, rapid order-to-delivery times, quality workmanship, innovative product features and outstanding value. Crystal operates sales/distribution offices and subsidiaries in Brooklyn, NY; South Plainfield, NJ; Allentown, PA; Cleveland, OH; Hartford, CT; Chicago, IL; Boston, MA; and St. Louis, MO. For further information about Crystal and its products, call 718-961-7300, or visit the website at

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