Grumpys Corner

I am often asked about buying new windows. If they are needed, what to look for and who makes the best window, let me try and answer a few of these questions, but please keep in mind that I come from a service background, which is quite different from the guys and gals that only sell windows.

First off is why do you want new windows? Do you actually need new windows, do you want to change the look of your home or have you been convinced you must have new windows. If your windows are shot or if you want to change the look of your home then buy new windows. Don’t mess around just do it and make yourself happy. If you are convinced you have to have new windows because yours are 20 years old and they can’t be any good being that old then I have some swampland I want to sell you.

Windows today are better than they were 20 years ago, but not that much better, that you are going to pay for new windows with energy savings. The windows of today are stronger, more durable and more energy efficient than they were 20 years ago, but not enough in most cases to warrant replacing them. Sorry to bust the television admans pitch.

What we have been hearing is 8-9% energy savings. So if you spend $1500.00 a year to heat and cool your home and you save 10% (more than the average we are hearing) you save $150.00, and how much did those windows cost you? So what does that mean for your return on investment, in other words how long will it take to pay for those new windows with energy savings?

So think about that the next time you get that 7:17 phone call interrupting your favorite show.