Posts Tagged ‘replacement windows’

A few thoughts on replacement windows

September 18, 2011

The folks at Replacement Windows for Dummies (.com) recently asked me a few questions about replacement windows–check out the article

Mike Rogers of GreenHomes interviewed by ReplacementWindowsforDummies.com

As those of you who’ve spoken with our Advisors or seen the replacement window video know, we like windows.  New windows can increase comfort, reduce drafts, reduce UV fading, and more.  They are NOT a miracule energy-saver, though.  If it’s energy savings you’re after, don’t get sucked into the hype.  Get a good home energy assessment and find out what you really need. 

Thanks,
Mike

February is…replacement window season?

February 9, 2011
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.

WSJ: Misleading Claims on ‘Green’ Labeling

November 8, 2010

Last week’s Wall Street Journal included an article on “Misleading Claims on ‘Green’ Labeling” and stated “the problem is still widely prevalent as more manufacturers flood the market with items deemed to be better for the environment.”   Do your research!  In the home energy savings world, we all have to battle the smoke and mirrors ranging from heating products to outrageous claims about window savings.  Caveat emptor!  And that one of the reason we take the time to do a “test-in” audit before mapping out any home improvement projects and a “test-out” at the end to make sure we’ve delivered results.

Thanks,
Mike

Windows, Energy Audits, and Carbon Monoxide

June 14, 2010

Here are a few from the archives in response to some recent questions:

Thanks,
Mike

Gas leaks (and combustion safety)

August 17, 2009

Just an example from Sharon T., a customer in Central New York on why we test every home for gas leaks and combustion safety issues.

I called [National Grid] immediately and someone was here within 20 minutes.  There was a leak and the man said “whoever the fella was that found the leak had it pinpointed perfectly”….   They had the leak repaired (put in a new connection) and were on their way in no time.

 I thank you for taking the time to check for leaks. 

Note, Sharon is a window customer.  Most window contractors would NOT test for gas leaks and combustion safety issues.  We believe it is very important, whether you’re getting heating or cooling equipment, windows, insulation & air-sealing, or about any other significant change to your home.  If your contractor won’t do it, find someone who will.

Last week in NJ as part of an inital home assessment, we found a backdrafting water heater, with melted pipe insulation and plastic fittings on the top of the heater.  And this unit had just been installed (not by us!) in November.  We find things like this in 20-25% of the homes we visit.  And the homes and the people who live in them are at risk.

Please do get this stuff checked!

Thanks,
Mike

Replacement Windows–For the Right Reasons!

June 25, 2009
Click to learn some benefits of replacement windows

Click to learn some benefits of replacement windows

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.

 [Check out a short video on the subject at http://www.greenhomesamerica.com/product_replacement-windows-video.html.]

Thanks,
Mike


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