As winter approaches bringing very cold temperatures to large parts of the U.S., you should consider replacing old drafty windows. Replacing the old windows in our house was one of the best household investments we ever made. The windows in our house, which was built in 1987, were drafty, did not open and close easily, and were nearly impossible to tilt in for cleaning and then pop back into place. The vinyl replacement windows we had installed open and close smoothly, are very easy to tilt in for cleaning, and keep the cold out in the winter and the heat out in the summer. Not only are there no drafts, but the Low E (low emissivity) double-pane glass filled with Argon gas transmits very little heat. Even on days when the temperature is in the teens outside, I can hold my hand near the glass and not feel the cold, meaning very little indoor heat is moving outdoors. It was noticeably cold by our old windows. I am sorry that we didn’t replace them sooner.
When looking for replacement windows, there are a large number of options and companies that make and/or install the windows. Shop around to compare the companies and prices. Keep in mind that windows should be designed to match the climate where you live. In northern parts of the country, keeping the heat in the house during the winter and the cold out is the priority for window design. In southern parts of the country, keeping the heat and damaging rays of the sun out of the house is most important. As BlogWithMom found in the following blog post, you might end up with lightly green tinted windows in southern climates where she lives if you don’t ask the right questions. The green tint helps reduce heat and sun damage within the home but has some disadvantages, specially if you aren’t expecting tinted glass.