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If you’re thinking about replacing windows in your home or business, one of your top concerns may be replacing them with the most energy-efficient option.

Having energy efficient windows can save you money. In fact, heat loss and gain through windows adds up to about 30 percent of heating and cooling energy cost, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

If you have energy concerns with your current windows, your two options are to either update your windows with new efficiency options or to replace your windows entirely. So which is the best option for you? It depends on the condition of your current windows. If after inspecting your current windows, you learn that they are still in good condition, you will probably get more value for your dollar by updating them instead of replacing them.

So what can you you do make your existing windows more energy-efficient?

One option is to add window treatments to your windows, such as shades, blinds, curtains, or drapes. You can also add exterior shading choices, such as overhangs or awnings.

However, after inspecting your windows, you may learn that you would be better off replacing them rather than updating them. But don’t worry! You have many options when it comes to replacing your windows too. For starters, you have a choice when it comes to the frame, including vinyl, fiberglass, aluminum or wood frames. Then you will need to choose the insulation, the coatings and the spacers. All of these will impact the energy efficiency of your windows!  If you’re not sure which option is best for you, the friendly staff at East Coast Windows can answer any questions you may have and will make sure you get the best windows for your specific needs.

The final step in the process is, of course, the installation of your new windows, or the installation of the updates to your existing windows. If the installations are not done properly, you will most likely not get the best benefit from your new changes! Be sure to choose a contractor that is both licensed and experienced, like East Coast Windows.

After the work is done, you can look forward to reduced energy bills!

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