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Spring Home & Garden 2017

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Replacing old windows is often a

worthwhile investment for homeown-

ers. Energy-efficient windows can pre-

vent heating and cooling loss and keep

homes more comfortable throughout

the year.

Such windows also can improve a

home’s resale value, proving a good

return on investment for homeown-

ers who want to upgrade their homes

before putting them on the market.

According to the U.S. Department

of Energy, homeowners might find it

more cost-effective to replace very old

and/or inefficient windows to improve

their energy efficiency. Such an up-

grade can save homeowners substan-

tial amounts of money on heating and

cooling costs.

Window replacement projects can

be costly, so it pays to get the job right

the first time. Before beginning a win-

dow replacement project, homeowners

should research which windows will

meet their specific needs, learning

the subtleties between finishes and

features, as well as comparing prices

for the windows and installation.

Choose the right time of year

The best time of year to plan win-

dow replacement is when the weather

will be warm, ideally in the spring or

early summer. However, homeowners

do not want conditions to be too warm,

as each room where new windows

will be installed will temporarily be

exposed to the elements. Further-

more, caulk adheres better in warmer

weather and will dispense easily.

Consider available features

When replacing windows, hom-

eowners may want to install the same

style windows they currently have.

But the problems that led to the need

to replace windows may still exist

even when newwindows are installed.

When replacing windows, consider

energy performance ratings based on

the locations of the windows in the

house. To make sure they make the

most educated decision, homeowners

can investigate the solar heat gain

coefficient, U-factor, visible transmit-

tance and light-to-solar gain. Explana-

tions of these ratings are available at

Energy.gov.

Don’t ignore maintenance needs

Maintenance costs involved with

cleaning, repairs and painting can add

up. When shopping for windows, con-

sider the amount of maintenance they

will need. Wood-framed windows may

require more upkeep than aluminum,

fiberglass or vinyl. Also, consider if

certain window types, such as double-

hung windows, casement windows,

awning windows, or slider windows,

would be practical.

Keep home style in mind

A poor match between windows

and the style of the home can produce

unwanted changes in the appearance

of the home. Replacement windows

should match the style and appear-

ance desired.

Expect minimal disruption

When homeowners hire profession-

als who are good at their craft, window

replacement projects should not be

a terrible inconvenience. According

to American Window Products, Inc.,

seasoned professionals will be able

to complete a replacement window

upgrade in a short amount of time

depending on the size of the home

and the number of windows being

replaced.

Replacing windows can be a costly

task, but one that will provide a more

energy efficient home that can help

homeowners save money in the long

run.

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Research to find the right replacement window

Replacing old windows is often a worthwhile investment for homeowners. Energy-efficient windows can prevent heating and cooling loss and keep homes more

comfortable throughout the year. Such windows also can improve a home’s resale value, proving a good return on investment for homeowners who want to upgrade

their homes before putting them on the market.