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10 Things to Know About Windows

10 THINGS FO KNOW ABOUT WINDOWS 1 CUT ENERGY COST BY 15% Leaky and inefficient windows, skylights, and glazed doors account for more than 25 percent of the average household's energy bills. You can cut energy costs by as much as 15 percent by buying windows with double-pane insulated glass, heat-resistant coatings, airtight frames, and/or Energy Star ratings. REDUCE NOISE 2 Cut noise with insulated or double-pane windows featuring 1/4 inch to 1 inch of air (or argon) between the panes. Wider air spaces and thicker glass reduce noise more. 3 WINDOWS GET OLD Most manufacturers say windows should be replaced after about 20 years. Signs a failing window include being sealed or painted shut, draftiness, and panes that collect condensation, ice, and frost. ENJOY THE POWER OF THE SUN Skylights provide 30 percent more light than vertical windows of the same size. 5 ADD CUSTOM GRILLES Add custom grilles to standard-size windows. Special grilles don't significantly boost a window's price, and you can even have grilles made based on a drawing or sketch. Ask a local retailer about the options and costs from various makers. WINDOW SHOPPING PICK THE BEST FOR YOU ALUMINUM Strong, affordable, and low-maintenance, but conducts heat and cold. SOLID WOOD Great insulator against heat and cold, but it's costly, requires maintenance, and is subject to swelling and contracting. 8. COMPOSITES Stronger and more durable than wood and vinyl, and priced between the two; can be painted to match a home's decor. 9. VINYL Affordable and low-maintenance, but color may fade over time. 10 CLAD The most expensive type, with wood frames inside and aluminum or vinyl shell on the outside; wood frame helps minimize the transfer of heat and cold, while exterior shell makes window low-maintenance. DOORS AND WINDOWS DUBLIN

10 Things to Know About Windows

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