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How To Know If It's Time To Replace Your Windows

  
  
  

french pane bay windowsDid you know that a typical home wastes 30% of its energy dollars on heating and cooling that is lost through windows and doors? This number can be even higher, especially if you own an older home (pre-1980) and since windows outnumber doors in most buildings, they deserve the most attention.

Some signs your windows need replacing:

  • When sitting next to the window in winter, does that area feel colder than other areas in the house?

  • Do the windows ever get condensation or frost buildup?

  • Is the trim on the outside cracking or rotting?

  • Do the windows ever get stuck closed or opened or won't stay closed or opened?

  • Are they drafty? To test for this, from inside your home, take a lighted candle and hold it so the flame is in line with the window frame and slowly trace the entire frame of your closed window. Does the flame flicker anywhere around the frame?

If you can answer 'yes' to any of the above symptoms, it is time to consider replacement windows.

Benefits of Replacing your Windows:

  • Installing Energy Star qualified windows will lower your energy bills by 15% or more. 

  • According to Remodeling Magazine, the return on your investment at resale of your home is 69 to 70 percent and yields one of the highest returns on a home improvement project. 

  • Improved Window Materials Advances in window technology such as double glazing and low-e coatings substantially reduce heat loss and gains. Look for ENERGY STAR or National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) labels to be sure you are getting high-efficiency windows.

  • Quieter home interior — multiple panes and insulated frames block outside noise. Less UV damage. By blocking most ultraviolet (UV) radiation, low-e glass helps protect fabrics, leather, carpeting, artwork and finishes from the fading effects of sunlight.

  • Reduced utility bills — houses lose less heat in winter and absorb less heat in summer. Improved quality windows are made from better-quality materials easier to operate and carry extended warranties.

In addition to the above benefits, for 2011, the tax credit for qualified energy efficiency improvements will cover up to 10% of the total cost of replacement windows, up to a total of $500.

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