Helping Hands

"A fine watch is like a good field service organization. It serves its customers accurately and is consistently on time. You can only see the face of the watch and that’s what you depend on to give you great service (accurately tell you the time).


The watch, however, depends on many moving parts to operate flawlessly and many of these you cannot see.

In field service, the face of the watch is the service provided — usually by your field service team. Although the customer may only see the field service technician, however, the quality of the technician’s interaction depends upon many moving parts that are not seen — other people within the organization as well as processes and systems."


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National Furnace Tune-Up Month | Fall Maintenance Checklist

September is National Furnace Tune-Up Month, which means that the weather is cooling down and fall season is about to begin. September is the perfect month to begin thinking about your furnace and heating system to make sure you are covered for winter.

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If you choose to ignore your furnace until the day you need it, you could risk a system breakdown, expensive repairs, and a delay for service due to peak demand. By scheduling professional maintenance in the fall, you won’t have to wait for service and it will most likely be cheaper due to the decrease in demand.

Without a doubt, annual professional maintenance pays you back and then some throughout the heating or cooling season. A professional technician will check and clean all its parts, check the pilot light and ignition switch, make sure your chimney, flue, and ductwork are clear for operation and much more.

DIY Furnace Tune-Up Checklist                                                                                                  Although yearly professional maintenance in the fall is the best way to keep your heating system running smoothly and efficiently, there are many things a homeowner can do to ensure an energy-efficient HVAC system:

Replace or Clean Your Furnace Filter:

Your air filter is designed to keep your air clean by trapping airborne particles; however, if it becomes dirty and clogged, it adds unwanted strain on your HVAC unit and can damage interior parts. Newer HVAC systems have a safety shut off switch that turns the unit off if there is too much-impeded air flow.

In fact, a clogged air filter is the number one cause of furnace malfunction. Besides increasing energy consumption, negatively impacting indoor air quality, and raising utility bills, a dirty air filter can also lead to an overheated air handler.

The good news is that you can prevent all of these things by simply remembering to change or clean your air filter every 30-90 days. A good rule is to check your filter every 30 days and change it no longer than 90 days. Set reminders on your calendar and phone so you never forget this important furnace tune-up task.

Clean Around Your Heating Unit:

Clean the area around your pilot light and get rid of dust on the pilot by blowing on it using a drinking straw. You don’t want to touch your pilot as it can easily break.


Move any papers, furniture, or other materials around your furnace (within 32 inches) to a different area.

Also, check your outdoor heat pump for grass, leaves, or other debris that may have gathered over summer. Make sure there is a minimum 24-inch clearance around the entire unit. Trim back any plants that may have encroached on the unit over summer. You can hose off your exterior unit and get rid of a lot of it, but hire a professional for a full condenser coil and heat pump cleaning.

Inspect Your Air Ducts:

Did you know that 20-30% of your heated air gets lost through leaks in your ductwork ( Over summer, new leaks may have formed and existing leaks widened. A leaky air duct system means that you are heating unhabituated areas of the home and putting excess strain on your HVAC system, raising the utility bill.

To check you air ducts for leaks, run your heating or air conditioning and hold up a thin piece of toilet paper or incense stick to all the connections in your ductwork. To seal your air duct leaks, use mastic sealant or aluminum foil tape (ironically, duct tape is not a good solution as it will soon begin to peel off).

You may also want to consider checking your ductwork for cleanliness. We recommend professional air duct cleaning every 5-7 years. So, if you don’t remember the last time you’ve had your air ducts cleaned, it’s probably a good time to find out if you need one. To inspect your air ducts, unscrew one of your duct registers and stick a flash camera as far as you can to take a photo. If your air ducts look anything like this, consider professional duct cleaning:


Insulate, Insulate, Insulate:

Heating and cooling costs make up about half of the total energy costs for your home. Proper sealing and insulation can save up 20-30% on your heating and cooling costs, or about 10-15% off your total energy bill!

If you make any serious changes to your home’s insulation levels, however, always have a professional heating and cooling contractor inspect your home for the proper balance between insulation and ventilation. Your home needs to breathe a little too.

Check the following areas for air leaks in and around your home:

·        Foundation

·        Where masonry meets siding

·        Where utility pipe/wires enter

·        Window and door frames

Just as you would search for air leaks in your ductwork, use a piece of toilet paper or incense stick and hold it up to areas where you suspect an air leak. Use weatherproof caulk for any gaps less than ¼ inch and expandable foam spray for gaps larger than ¼ inch. Replace old weather-stripping with fresh caulk or new weather-stripping.

Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors:

Also, don’t forget to test your smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries. Simply hold the test button until you hear the beeping or the alarm. If you don’t hear anything, change the batteries. Smoke and CO detectors should be checked every month, batteries replaced every 6-8 months, and full replacements every 5-10 years (check manufacturer guidelines).

Schedule Professional Maintenance:

Although there is much a homeowner can do to keep an HVAC system running efficiently, the most important thing to do is schedule professional maintenance twice a year – once in the fall for your heating system and once in the spring for your cooling system. When it comes to a through inspection and cleaning of your HVAC unit, hire a professional.

Call McCoy’s Heating & Air Conditioning at 731.668.7492 to schedule your fall tune-up! Proudly serving West Tennessee area since 1981. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more useful tips and tricks for maintaining a safe and efficient home.

Geothermal Heat Pump Reviews!

"Consumer reviews represent the best source of information about customer satisfaction with geothermal heat pumps.

How satisfied are you with your geothermal heat pump? Please help others and write a review.

We have reviews on the following brands of geothermal heat pumps:

  • American Standard reviews
  • Bosch reviews
  • Bryant reviews
  • Carrier reviews
  • Climatemaster reviews
  • Eagle Mountain reviews
  • Frigidaire reviews
  • Geocool reviews
  • Geostar reviews
  • Hydron Module reviews
  • Miami Heat Pump reviews
  • Trane reviews
  • Waterfurnace reviews"


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Owner's Manual


"We have entered an age where the founder of a company is as well known as the company itself. Why? Because people are fascinated by people. They want to know who came up with the vision, what their plans are for the future, and most of all, what they stand for and where their talent comes from.

Having a personal brand has become a staple in the world of entrepreneurship. It is one of the biggest differentiators when it comes to building buzz around your company, attracting an audience, and even achieving business goals like raising a certain amount of money or acquiring distribution, for example. Because the truth is, people want to work with people they trust, people who have a certain level of public credibility.

Building a personal brand for yourself as an entrepreneur is the fastest and most effective path to the above."

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McCoy’s Heating, Air, & Plumbing carries the leading brands and models of thermostats for your home air conditioning and heating system.

From basic models to smart thermostats that allow you complete control with your phone, you can get the thermostat that best fits your home, budget, and air conditioning and heating system.

Types of thermostats available:

Non-programmable thermostats – These are your basic thermostats. You have to control them manually, and they don't have the ability to set schedules to help you save money.

Programmable thermostats – Programmable thermostats allow you to set specific schedules so you can save money by not cooling or heating your home on full blast when you’re not home. In fact, Energy Star estimates that you could save $180 a year with a programmable thermostat.

Smart thermostats – These models take the programmable thermostat to the next level. You can control them with your phone, tablet or computer. Many have additional features such as air filter reminders and the ability to control your air quality products.

Do you need a new thermostat for your home's air conditioning and heating system, or want to hear about your options? Contact McCoy’s Heating, Air, & Plumbing today to schedule an appointment.

Repair for thermostat problems:

Many air conditioning and heating problems can be caused by a faulty thermostat or bad electrical connection between your thermostat and air conditioner and heater. George Brazil has technicians that are trained to diagnose and repair these thermostat problems to get your air conditioner and heater running again.

Do you have an air conditioning or heating problem in your home? Let McCoy’s Heating, Air, & Plumbing experts take a look!

Consumer Reviews - Air Conditioners

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"If you're installing central air, you need to consider three things: the quality of the equipment that you buy, the output and efficiency of that equipment, and the experience of the contractor installing it. All of these factors will affect your satisfaction. No organization rates the quality of central air conditioners, so the experiences of other people that own the same equipment matters a lot. Consider helping out by writing a review -- you don't have to be an A/C expert to tell people whether you are satisfied with your current air conditioner.

We have reviews on the following brands of central air conditioners:"

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Are your stats smart?

"According to independent estimates, heating and cooling systems account for between 30 and 50 percent of a home's yearly energy budget. Because this represents the lion's share of home energy use, the HVAC industry has been an attractive target for attempts to reduce energy consumption, lower utility bills, and ultimately, save the planet.

However, heating and cooling equipment manufacturers -- especially furnaces, boilers, and other heating equipment -- have run into something of a brick wall in terms of wringing out greater operational efficiency. For a number of reasons, there are currently few opportunities to substantially improve the efficiency of the installed base of equipment.

What, then, will be the next great innovation and where will it come from?"

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Back to School Plumbing Tips

If you have little ones or middle schoolers then they are probably back or about to go back to school for the 2017-2018 school year. You will be running around to drop and pick them up, take them to practice and games, and help them with their homework and school projects. So, the last thing you and your family needs to worry about is plumbing issues. Check out these back to school plumbing tips:

Make sure your water heater is set no higher than 120 degrees F.  This will prevent everyone in your home from being scalded in the tub and the sink.

Most water heaters last 8 to 12 years and if you haven’t had any water heater maintenance you might be due for a new water heater.  We install gas water heaters. electric water heaters, and tankless water heaters.  If you’re interested in an endless supply of hot water, reduced energy costs, longevity in the system, saved space and reduce water waste, you may want to consider going tankless.

Loads of laundry advice. Make sure each load of laundry is full!  Up to 90% of the cost of washing clothes comes from heating the water; use hot water only for very dirty clothes, and always use cold water in the rinse cycle.

Keep these things out of your garbage disposal. With all of the lunches and dinners being made, it’s almost guaranteed that your garbage disposal will be put to work.  Make sure you avoid foods like coffee grounds, grease, fats, oils, egg shells, pasta, rice, potatoes, bones, celery, onion peels, pits or seeds when it comes to putting it down your garbage disposal.

A new school year can be crazy for the entire family, but if there is one thing you don’t have to stress about it’s that McCoy’s Heating & Air Conditioning is here for you.  We know you don’t have time for plumbing issues, so we’ll take them off your hands!  Give us a call at 731-668-7492, online, or on the app to schedule an appointment today.

Season Change - On The Way!

"A heat pump is essentially an air conditioner that can both heat and cool a house. A simple explanation of how this works is that a heat pump can extract heat found in the air outside your home and transfer that heat into your house instead. (A "ground source" or geothermal heat pump is even more efficient, and can transfer heat from a loop installed underground). Under the right conditions it can do this substantially more cheaply than a gas or oil furnace. For more information on how a heat pump accomplishes this bit of wizardry, please see our article on how heat pumps work.

A heat pump is not necessarily the best choice for every home. Before buying a heat pump, consider the following questions:

  • Is a heat pump the best choice for your home -- or would you be better off buying a furnace and a central air conditioner?
  • What size heat pump should you buy?
  • What is heat pump efficiency, and how efficient should your heat pump be?
  • Which brand of heat pump is best?
  • Which heat pumps do heating contractors recommend?
  • Who should install your heat pump?"

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Is it a nightmare?

"We've all heard stories about HVAC contractors who show up for a service call, don't fix the heating or air conditioning problem, and then expect payment. When the unfortunate homeowner refuses to pay, s/he risks being harassed by collectors or having a lien put on the property. When this happened to a condominium owner in Chicago, he had to take the contractor to small claims court. While these stores are few and far between, they're also serious -- how can you prevent this nightmare from happening to you?

First and foremost, do your research. Ask friends and acquaintances for recommendations. Check for the HVAC company on consumer complaint sites such as those often run by state and city governments. Call your local Better Business Bureau. If you live in a state that licenses HVAC contractors, make sure your contractor has the required licenses. Look for contractors belonging to professional societies or with certifications from organizations like North American Technician Excellence (NATE). Do some of this research ahead of time, so you have two or three possible contractors to call in an emergency.

When asking former clients about a contractor, listen to their replies carefully. If they seem unenthusiastic or lukewarm in their comments, it may be a sign of problems. Be sure to ask about the responsiveness of the contractor, whether the work was performed on time and within budget, and whether they've experienced any subsequent problems. If they have, find out how the contractor handled those problems and whether they abided by any promised warranty period or maintenance schedule."

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HVAC Tips for the Summer

Here you'll find strategies to help you save energy when the weather is warm and you are trying to keep your home cool. Some of the tips below are free and can be used on a daily basis to increase your savings; others are simple and inexpensive actions you can take to ensure maximum savings through the summer and early fall.

Replace old air conditioning units with newer, efficient models.

If you have an older unit that has not been properly maintained, invest in a new model. The replacement costs may seem daunting, but in the long run, they are well worth it. Manufacturers such as Trane, Rheem, and others are labeled with Energy Star ratings. Energy Star products us up to 50 percent less energy than other manufacturers.

 Operate Your Thermostat Efficiently

Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.

Keep your house warmer than normal when you are away, and lower the thermostat setting to 78° only when you are at home and need cooling. A programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back your temperature.

Avoid setting your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and unnecessary expense.

 Don’t forget about your air filters & vents.

Air filters should be replaced monthly to promote a more efficient system performance. Clogged or dirty air filters can cause a disrupt in the airflow and even lead to health concerns.

A clean vent also keeps debris from flowing through your home. Dirt and dust can easily collect and can be overlooked.

Vents can be accidentally shut for cleaning purposes and never reopened. If you notice an unusually warm room or area in your home, don’t forget to check the vent.

Use Fans and Ventilation Strategies to Cool Your Home

If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort.

Turn off ceiling fans when you leave the room. Remember that fans cool people, not rooms, by creating a wind chill effect.

When you shower or take a bath, use the bathroom fan to remove the heat and humidity from your home. Your laundry room might also benefit from spot ventilation. Make sure bathroom and kitchen fans are vented to the outside (not just to the attic).

Don't Heat Your Home with Appliances and Lighting

Avoid placing lamps or TV sets near your room air-conditioning thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.

On hot days, avoid using the oven; cook on the stove, use a microwave oven, or grill outside.

Install efficient lighting that runs cooler. Only about 10% to 15% of the electricity that incandescent lights consume results in light—the rest is turned into heat.

Take advantage of daylight instead of artificial lighting, but avoid direct sunlight.

Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes. Consider air drying both dishes and clothing.

Lower Your Water Heating Costs

Water heating accounts for about 18% of the energy consumed in your home. Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F). You'll not only save energy, you'll avoid scalding your hands.

 Protect your HVAC unit from sun and debris.

An awning or tree can provide shade to your unit and cut energy consumption while helping your unit operate more smoothly. However, note that shrubbery or branches that can get into the system and can hinder the systems performance and may lead to permanent damage.

Hot Water Heaters!

"There are two main types of water heaters: units that have an insulated storage tank to hold hot water until it is needed and “tankless” units, which only heat the water as it is needed.

Tankless models tend to be more energy efficient but have lower throughput—that is, produce less hot water in a given amount of time--than models with storage tanks. Both types of water heaters come in versions powered by electricity, natural gas, or liquid propane. In general, electric models cost the most to operate and are the least energy efficient.

Solar water heaters are starting to gain traction in the marketplace. They come in both passive and active configurations and can use several different types of collectors. Currently, solar water heaters are more expensive than other options but are typically cheaper to operate. Solar water heaters depend on line of sight access to sunlight, so carefully evaluate the proposed installation site with a professional before committing to solar."

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Carrier Systems!

"Carrier makes residential, commercial and industrial boilers, central air conditioners, gas and oil furnaces, air source and geothermal heat pumps and more. The company also sells a line of furnace filters.

Carrier, headquartered in Farmington, CT, owns International Comfort Products and Bryant Heating and Cooling and is itself owned by United Technologies Corporation (UTC). In its 2015 Annual report, UTC notes that its Climate, Control, and Securities segment reported sales of more than $16.7 billion."

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The Best of the Best!

"2017 marks the fourth year that we have published a list of the 10 best central air conditioners sold in the US and Canada. The reviewers that consistently give the highest satisfaction ratings to their AC units tend to own high efficiency units. However, a 13 SEER unit (the lowest efficiency sold in the US) also made our top 10 list this year.

This year, Goodman's DSXC18 once again took the top spot, with units by Amana, Bryant, Carrier, Lennox, Ruud and York rounding out the list."

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Is it time to buy?

"Installing a new central air conditioner can cost between $3,000 to $10,000 (or more!) In addition to the initial purchase price, you will have ongoing costs in terms of your monthly electric bill and maintenance costs. Because of these hefty costs, you’ll want to carefully consider your options before purchasing a new central air conditioner.

This article presents the issues you should consider in purchasing central air, including:

  1. Which models do homeowners prefer?
  2. Are you paying a reasonable price for your air conditioner?
  3. What capacity of central air conditioner should you buy?
  4. Should you buy a high, middle, or low-efficiency air conditioner?"

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Summertime Energy Saving Tips

These tips are designed to help you choose effective ways to reduce your energy bills. Some measures may not be relevant depending on climate, the age of your home and appliances, and past improvements made to your home. The savings numbers are based on your total summer electric bill. Equipment mentioned must be electrically powered for estimates to be accurate.

FAST AND FREE: The average home spends about $1,900 a year on energy costs. But you can lower your energy bills and help save the environment at the same time!

Be a speedy chef: Nothing is more energy efficient for cooking than your microwave. It uses two-thirds less energy than your stove.

Push a button to wash your dishes: Surprise! Your dishwasher uses less water than washing dishes by hand. Then let dishes air-dry to save even more!

Fill up the fridge: Having lots of food in your fridge keeps it from warming up too fast when the door is open. So, your fridge doesn't have to work as hard to stay cool.

Cutting back unnecessary energy use is an easy way to reduce energy consumption while saving money. Here are some additional suggestions you can do at home, at absolutely no cost to you.

Turn up your thermostat: Set your thermostat to 78 degrees when you are home and 85 degrees or off when you are away. Using ceiling or room fans allows you to set the thermostat higher because the air movement will cool the room. Always take into account health considerations and be sure to drink plenty of fluids in warm weather. (Save: 1 - 3% per degree, for each degree the thermostat is set above 72 degrees)

Use your appliances wisely: To help prevent electricity outages, avoid running your appliances during peak hours, -- from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. -- or anytime an electricity emergency is declared.

Do your laundry efficiently by using the warm or cold water setting for washing your clothes. Always use cold water to rinse clothes. (Save: 4%)

Line dry clothes whenever you can. (Save up to 5%)

Conserve energy by running your dishwasher only when it is fully loaded, and turn off the dry cycle and air dry dishes instead. (save: 1%)

Operating swimming pool filters and cleaning sweeps efficiently: Reduce the operating time of your pool filter and automatic cleaning sweep to four to five hours, and only during off-peak time. (Save: 1-2 percent per hour of reduction)

Eliminate wasted energy: Turn off appliances, lights, and equipment when not in use. (Save: 2%)

Unplug electronic devices and chargers when they aren't in use-most new electronics use electricity even when switched "off." Turn computers and printers off at the power strip. (Save: 1-2%)

Unplug or recycle that spare refrigerator in the garage if you don't really need it. This will save you up to $150 per year! (Save: 10-20%)

Are you changing often enough?

"All furnaces are equipped with an air filtration system designed to trap dirt, dust and other pollutants. Maintaining a clean furnace filter not only helps keep your furnace's interior components clean and in good operating order, but also contributes to improved air quality by reducing the amount of allergens and harmful particles in the air.

While service technicians may replace your furnace filter during an annual inspection, these filters are working constantly to keep airborne pollutants out of the air you breathe and away from the operating parts of your furnace. With everyday debris constantly piling on, changing or cleaning your furnace filter frequently is essential to maintaining the unit's optimal operating efficiency -- and thereby keeping your monthly bill low. But how do you replace your filter? And how often is often enough?"

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Are you getting the most from your warranty?


"The US Census Bureau estimates that between 2.5 - 3 million residential furnaces and air conditioners fail each year. While some of these units have served their homes faithfully for decades, others die within days or weeks of installation. Dealing with heating equipment that fails is often frustrating - homeowners may not know how to contact HVAC manufacturers, they aren't familiar with their HVAC parts warranties, and they don't know who in the HVAC Industry bears financial responsibility for repairs. If you are in the middle of a heating or cooling crisis: keep reading. This article can help you avoid common mistakes and get your equipment running again with a minimum of out-of-pocket cost."

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Energy Efficient Mega Guide

"On September 29, 2015, the Western Area Power Administration (an agency within the US Department of Energy that markets wholesale electricity) announced that it was closing offered a wide variety of tools, from online cost calculators to a calendar of energy-related events and a database of energy-related jobs.

While most of the site's resources were aimed at energy professionals in other agencies, towns and electric cooperatives, many consumers used the tools as well. Since Energy Experts' tools are no longer available, this page will point you to a wide variety of other websites that can provide similar tools and information for both consumer and professional use."


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Good Energy Saving Investments

Planning to do some remodeling soon? Time to replace old appliances? Consider these energy efficiency suggestions when you make purchases. 

1. Install a whole house fan
A whole house fan is permanently installed in your attic and draws cool air into your home through the windows while forcing hot air out through your attic vents. Use after sundown when the outside temperature drops below 80 degrees, and in the early morning to cool your house and help reduce your air conditioning use. (Save: up to 5%) 

2. Install window shading
Install patio covers, awnings, and solar window screens to shade your home from the sun. For additional future savings, use strategically planted trees, shrubs, and vines to shade your home. (Save: 5%) 

Solar control window films applied to existing glass in windows and doors is an effective method to reduce peak demand during hot months and conserve energy anytime air conditioning might be required. In addition to the energy management benefits, the use of these films can also reduce exposure to ultraviolet radiation and reduce glare. Vist the International Window Film Association for more information. (save 5-10 percent) 

3. Invest in a new air-conditioning unit 
If your air conditioner is on the way out, buy an ENERGY STAR® air conditioner. Plus, right now we have 60 months 0% interest on a new unit purchase!  (Save: up to 10%)

4. Seal your ducts 
Leaking ductwork accounts for 25% of cooling costs in an average home, so have your ducts tested and have any leaks or restrictions repaired by a qualified contractor. Note: duct cleaning is not the same as duct sealing. As of October 1, 2005, if you install a new central air conditioner or furnace, your ducts will have to be inspected. (Save: 10 -20%) 

5. Replace your refrigerator with an ENERGY STAR® model 
Refrigerators with a top or bottom freezer design can save you an additional 2-3% on your bill compared to a side-by-side design. (Save: 10%) 

6. Increase attic insulation 
If existing insulation level is R-19 or less, consider insulating your attic to at least R-30. (Save: 10%) 

7. Install ENERGY STAR® windows 
If your windows are due for replacement, ENERGY STAR® windows can make your house more comfortable year-round. (Save: up to 10%)