Rather than replace ancient single pane wood windows with new double pane ones, Haines says you’re better off repairing the old ones. “There’s been a misconception out there that old single pane windows don’t deliver the efficiency people require today, which isn’t completely true,” Haines says. (Windows generally account for about 10 percent of your house’s heat loss and bill, but replacing old ones with pricey new wooden ones may take decades to recoup.) He says better to find someone who can come in and update and, most importantly, properly insulate around your window and close up air gaps. “It’s a trend we’ve been seeing, and have even hosted training at our warehouse for people to understand how to do minor window repairs,” he says. “The best way to drop energy usage is to seal up your building, period.” In many cases, however, getting new windows is the most reliable — and efficient — way to do so.
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