Do you close your blinds all summer to beat the heat? Do you live behind closed curtains all winter to keep out the cold?
If it’s been more than 20 years since you had your windows replaced, then you may be like many people who spend more time looking at their window coverings than the view outside their windows. With the prolonged weeks of gray skies here in the Pacific Northwest, most agree that we need as much light as possible, and we should be able to enjoy as much of the sun as we can on those magical days it appears.
Besides just missing out on the view outdoors and natural light inside your home, you may also be missing out on significant savings in your energy costs. “Old windows are a primary reason for energy inefficiency in a home,” says Thea Cutsforth, sales manager at Henderson & Daughter. “Drafty windows don’t retain heat in the winter or cool air in the summer.”
Yet she says that some people aren’t choosing to replace their windows because they don’t know about all the improvements in energy efficient glass or about all the energy savings incentives available now.
“Many people put off replacing their old windows because they’re afraid of what it will cost,” says Cutsforth. “But energy efficiency is more affordable than ever before.”