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You may not think that the windows in your home are a cause for concern when talking about the loss of energy, but your windows may be the cause of high energy bills. Many windows, especially in older homes, are single paned and have gaps around them that let cool air escape in the summer and warm air out in the winter months.

Most older window frames are made of wood in which, over time, becomes damaged by rain, wind, fungus, dry rot, and in many cases, eaten away by termites. The cold of winter and summer heat can cause your money to flow out of cracked and/or unsealed windows.

To keep cool air in during hot days and warm air in during cold days, it may become necessary to replace your windows. If you have new windows installed, it will change the way your home looks and give it a nice curb appeal. New windows will also add value to your home and help beautify your neighborhood.

It is highly recommended that you replace your old windows with new Energy Star Qualified Windows to save energy and money. Energy Star Qualified Windows, skylights, and doors, can reduce your energy bills by up to 20% while helping protect the environment.

Energy Star Qualified Windows come in a variety of framing materials that you can choose from such as:

  • Aluminum frames are durable, low maintenance, recyclable, and typically have at least 15% recycled content. Frame design typically includes thermal breaks to reduce conductive heat loss through the metal.
  • Fiberglass frames are strong, durable, low maintenance, and provide good insulation. Fiberglass frames can be either hollow or filled with foam insulation.
  • Vinyl frames are low maintenance and provide good thermal insulation. Sections may be hollow or filled with foam insulation. Wide vinyl sills may be reinforced with metal or wood.
  • Wood frames are strong, provide good insulation, and are generally favored in historical neighborhoods. The exterior surfaces of many wood windows are clad (or covered) with aluminum or vinyl to reduce maintenance.
  • Combination frames use different materials separately throughout the frame and sash to provide optimal performance. For example, the exterior half of a frame could be vinyl while the interior half could be wood.
  • Composite frames are made of various materials that have been blended together through manufacturing processes to create durable, low maintenance, well-insulated windows.

Installing ENERGY STAR Qualified windows with Low E glass in your home can save you an extra $465 a year. Low E glass also prevents fading of fabrics, furniture and flooring by blocking harmful UV rays. Adding heat controlled window film to your windows can reduce cooling costs by up to 50%.

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