Planning home improvement projects is just as much a part of spring as tulips blooming and the real estate market kicking into high gear.

Homeowners begin to look critically at their homes and ask, "How can we improve the appearance, energy efficiency, and the value of our house?" Now is a great time to install new energy efficient windows, especially with the new incentives. Our friends at Thermo Expert offer tons of payment plans, and many of them require no payments for up to 6 months, or even a year.

Here are some tips from Thermo Expert for those just starting the process:

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1) The more educated you are, the better off you will be. While they don’t need to be experts, it’s important that they understand the basic window components and how they come together to make a high-quality, energy efficient window. They should familiarize themselves with terms such “U-value,” “solar heat gain,” and “Energy Star”. (Consumer Reports has a great article that explains all this and more here.)

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2) Think about factors that are important to you. Do persistent winds contribute to the drafty windows you'd like to replace? Would you like windows that tilt in for easy cleaning? Do you need windows that are low maintenance?

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3) Learn about the business you're considering partnering with. How long have they been in business? What is their reputation in the community, and what certifications do they carry? Check reviews on their Facebook profile and sites such as Angie's List.

Trust is the keystone of any relationship, and you’ll find plenty of reasons that hundreds of your friends and neighbors have trusted Thermo Expert, which has been family owned and operated for 35 years. They believe in treating every customer like a family member.

"When we are working with a new customer, especially if they are a senior citizen, we ask ourselves, 'How would I want my mom and dad treated?' and then we try to give them that level of service," said owner Lee Scaccia. "It’s a high standard, but one we take very seriously."

Ready to get started? Call 413-443-2099 or visit thermoexp.com/residential-windows. And tell 'em we sent you!