Here’s an interesting story I found, courtesy of Brownstoner.com regarding wndows. It might seem like a no-brainer to replace your old windows with vinyl replacement windows, or similar. However, the author makes a compelling financial case for keeping those old windows and fixing them up. I don’t know if he’s right (he is, after all, working for a company that sells old windows!).
By Mark Pierce
Those beautiful single glazed wood windows in your older home are not nearly as inefficient as you have been led to believe by the advertising industry. Nor will window replacement necessarily be in your financial best interest. How do I know this? I investigated how much it would cost to replace the existing single-glazed wood windows (R-1) in my older home with new, highly energy efficient double-glazed, low-E, argon-filled vinyl replacement windows (R-3). Here is what I found out: