Good question, Alex! You know, it would seem that a window with a blind or a shade permanently sealed inside a window or door would offer greater energy efficiency. There are some companies out there that claim this is true. However, the key to understanding energy efficiency in windows is based Read more
Glad you asked this, Rob. The answer is—absolutely not! Storm windows were invented many, many years ago for a very different type of window—a very high-maintenance window. Not sure how young or old you are, but maybe you recall those old windows with all the little panes. The panes were held Read more
We’ve got really old windows on our Dutch colonial home. How do we maintain the architecture and get energy-efficient windows?
Good news! You don’t have to give up the appearance and the structural ability of yesterday’s windows to get today’s technology. You just don’t. Choose window frames made of “engineered” lumber because they combine today’s technology with the beauty of real wood. Window frames made of today’s Read more
It is a crazy phenomenon, but windows can actually affect vinyl siding and create a meltdown, although it is pretty rare. I recently saw a news report about one incident that goes something like this: A homeowner's vinyl siding is bowed, warped, and buckling—for the second time in two years—from Read more
Gas fills between window panes have shown a measurable improvement in the thermal performance of windows and patio doors. Our windows and doors are filled with argon gas. It is inexpensive, non-toxic, clear and odorless. Krypton gas has a higher thermal rating than argon, but it is much more Read more
Maybe you just watched my video on Smart Sun glass, so you know that not only is it going to cut your energy bills, it's going to qualify you for the $1,500 federal energy tax credit. And now you can get SmartSun glass on your Renewal by Andersen windows for free. Whether you replace just one Read more
Since the new energy tax credit passed back in February, every customer wants their piece of the Stimulus. Getting paid $1,500 for choosing top-rated replacement windows is a win-win. So obviously homeowners have been asking which windows qualify for the credit. The answer is any window with Read more