Replacement Windows: The Key to Energy Savings in Winter and Summer 

Replacement windows can be one of the best investments homeowners can make when looking for energy savings. Many studies have shown energy savings up to 30% just by removing old windows and installing energy-efficient replacement windows.

by Maria Bendson Wednesday, August 18, 2010
MILWAUKEE, WI. (August 18, 2010) - With cold winter winds quickly approaching, many homeowners are preparing to fight these drafts, and high heating bills, with energy-efficient replacement windows in their home. By replacing old drafty windows with new energy-efficient ones, homeowners can save up to 30% on their energy bills. The savings will add up in the winter and carry on through into the summer months.

One of the best long term investments a homeowner can make in their home is to install quality replacement windows. Replacement windows will add comfort as well as improve the appearance and functionality of a house. Though replacement windows are the most efficient way to cut down on energy costs, there are things homeowners can do in addition to updating their windows to add to their savings. These tips vary depending on whether homeowners are working to keep their home warm in the winter or cool in the summer.

During cold winter months, the goal is to keep heat inside. This can be accomplished by purchasing double-pane replacement windows with low-e coating on the glass, which will reflect heat back into rooms of the house. The installation of storm windows can reduce heat loss through windows by 25% to 50%. In addition to replacement windows, homeowners can winterize their house by taping heavy-duty, clear sheets of plastic tightly secured around the window frames to reduce drafts. They can also install frame fitted shades to block drafts. Curtains and shades should be open during the day to let in heat from the sun and closed at night to protect against drafts.

When summer rolls around, the goal changes to the opposite: warm air outside and cool air inside. To accomplish this, homeowners can purchase single-pane windows with low-e coating that will reflect some of the heat of the sun back outside. Awnings and reflective films can also be added on the windows on the south or west sides of the home. In addition to these replacement window options, homeowners can also manage the heat by purchasing white or light colored window shades to reflect the heat from the home. These drapes or blinds should be closed on the south and west side of the house during the day.

ReplacementWindows.net is the best way to find highest quality and most affordable new windows for your home. You can get answers to your questions and obtain free estimates on prices by visiting the website. Start saving money on your energy bills. Get your free replacement windows quote today!

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