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Consider replacing windows to increase energy efficiency

Posted on Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 2:50:53 PM

Although appliances and fuel-burning devices may receive a lot of the attention, there are many other elements of a home that contribute to energy efficiency. One of the most important - and often overlooked - factors are windows. Every home has them, though they often are near the bottom of the list in terms of remodeling projects.

This could be a mistake. Most experts agree that replacing windows could be a huge source of potential energy savings. Furthermore, there are many ways a window could waste energy, and most of them are hard to spot by non-professionals.

"It might be the seals have failed or the wood has rotted," Kerry Haglund, senior research fellow at the Center for Sustainable Building Research at the University of Minnesota, told the Ventura County Star.

Replacing windows can bestow benefits beyond simple heat and cool air retention. Newer windows can also provide similar enhancements such as UV protection and added safety.

Additionally, a new set of windows can add a lot of value to your home should you decide to put it on the market. For homeowners considering energy efficient home improvements, looking toward your windows may not be a bad idea.ADNFCR-16001052-ID-800838071-ADNFCR