When people think about saving energy in their homes, replacing windows is often one of the first things that comes to mind. The reality is that replacement windows by themselves are using one of the least cost-effective things you can do to save energy. Insulation, air-sealing, duct-sealing and lighting usually provide a lot more bang for the buck. Most window installers probably won’t clue you in on that tibbit!
Having said that, replacing your windows does have a lot of benefits. Newer windows can boost comfort, reduce maintenance hassle and expense, address lead paint issues, reduce fading of upholstery and carpets, eliminate the need for swapping storm windows and screens twice a year, and the list goes on. And if you’re replacing you’re windows for any reason, choosing the right energy-efficient window AND installing them properly will help you save energy, too! Also, windows can certainly be part of a comprehensive energy retrofit.
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