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When you undertaking a large project such as replacing your windows, it’s worth considering exactly when the best time to do it will be. Taking into consideration that you need to work when it is warm and dry, late fall or just before summer begins is a great time to start. While windows are being replaced, your home will be open to heat, cold and rain, so it’s best to do this during the mildest possible time. These considerations will only pertain to those that live at very high altitudes or where the weather is known to constantly change.
If you want to get the best possible type of insulation from your windows, you should go with triple pane windows, though these of course will also be more expensive. What part of the country you live in will help to determine what level of energy-efficient window you must have. The durability of the windows, or the appearance, can be the main focal point, when you live in a mild climate. The easiest way to find the right company to do your work is to know someone, but if you don’t, then get several estimates before choosing.
Sometimes you can receive tax credits for using specific energy efficient windows. Do some looking into the tax laws in your area and see which energy efficient windows would apply; then have extra savings by lessening your utility bill every month. If you are exploring windows in the U.S., the Energy Star program is one that authorizes energy efficient windows. As long as you’re thinking in this way, you can also get tax credits for taking other measures that insulate your house, such as energy efficient doors and insulation. This may relieve a little pressure off your monthly household expenses and you taxes as well.
It is important that you also replace the basement windows. No matter what your basement is used for, unfinished and used for storage or laundry, or finished and used as another room, the windows are important. The basement is no different from any other part of the house, in needing energy-efficient windows that are also attractive and secure. For one thing, if the windows in the basement are in poor condition, it can be a place for drafts to get in and make the whole house colder. Poor quality windows are easier to break into, therefore they are a security risk. Anything that raises the value of your house is good, and that is what good quality windows do. You will see, as you begin your project, that window replacement is a long and sometimes difficult journey. By doing this plan of action ahead of time, you will be able to stay within your budget and not be surprised as you begin to purchase everything you need to get it done. The only way you’re going to be able to complete this project on schedule is to do this research and stick to the plan itself.