Ok, that’s quite a wild claim and one clearly not possible. But the Washington post last week reported that “Replacement-window firms agree to settlement with Federal Trade Commission”. The problem has been the “’exaggerated and unsupported’ claims about their products’ energy efficiency”. Yes indeed. Don’t get me wrong, we like windows, and in many locations across the country we replace them too. But you won’t hear us say they will save you 50% on your energy bill!
Right here we’ve talked about windows many times in the past. Windows are often replaced because the existing ones are broken, inoperable or for aesthetic reasons. As far as energy efficiency is concerned, however, at GreenHomes America it has always been our position to improve insulation and air sealing first, then take a look at heating, cooling, duct and hot water systems next. These are the common problems found in most people’s homes. Window replacement will save energy, but the energy savings will be modest. So remember, if you hear outlandish energy savings claims about replacement windows that sound too good to be true… it probably is!