February is…replacement window season?

OK, the snow is piled up outside.  And the temperatures are low enough to frost your eyebrows.

Take a look at your windows.  Are they in rough shape?  Have you had a lot of condensation or frost on them this winter?  Do they feel cold?  Is the paint peeling?  Can open/close windows or storms? Do you simply feel uncomfortable when you’re around the windows?  You might be a candidate for replacement windows.

While many people wait until spring to start thinking about new windows, we actually install them all winter long.  And our customers barely notice we’re there during the project.  [True, we don’t like to do it during a blizzard!]  And we can certainly schedule around your needs.  But with order lead times, and the traditional Spring rush on the way, there’s no need to wait.

And replacing your windows can 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!   Choose the right window–and ENERGY STAR qualification is the minimum standard you should consider–generally windows that significantly exceed ENERGY STAR are readily available (including those that qualify for federal tax credits and state and local incentives) and make a lot of sense.

Note that regarding energy-efficiency, replacing windows is often one of the first things that comes to mind.  The reality is that replacement windows by themselves are often one of the least cost-effective things you can do to save energy–and “payback” can be 20-30 years or more.  Insulation, air-sealing, duct-sealing and lighting usually provide a lot more bang for the buck.  Most window installers probably won’t give you the real story on that!

Replacement windows can make a lot of sense.  They have a host of benefits.  Just make sure you chose the right windows for the right reasons.  And go ahead and save some energy while you’re at it.


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