We’re constantly telling people, “Don’t replace your windows just because they’re drafty.” For starters, replacing your windows can be eye-popping, take-out-a-new-mortgage expensive. Try $30,000 for materials, installation, and general construction commonly required for high-performance replacement windows in an existing home, according to the report Saving Windows, Saving Money:Evaluating the Energy Performance of Window Retrofit and Replacement by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Green Lab.
And then there’s the issue of preserving your home’s historic integrity since beautiful old windows are often made from old growth wood and have wavy, leaded glass that you just can’t get anymore.
But that’s not the message of the window replacement industry. It’s: rip ‘em out and get new. Sometimes that’s necessary if you have newer, poorly-made windows with a short life-expectancy that have already failed. But old windows? Those things were made to last.
So we were particularly delighted that Door & Window Market Magazine, which covers the window replacement industry, recognized us as a 2014 Green Award winner calling us an “Overall Energy Saver”.
The magazine wrote, “The solution for single-pane windows? Indow Windows, based in Portland, Ore., offers acrylic thermal window inserts that increase the energy efficiency of the built environment by creating nearly double-pane performance in existing single-pane windows. On a larger scale, the company takes a serious approach to embodying overall principles while also manufacturing a green product.”
Take it from window replacement folks: Indow inserts are a great solution for drafty windows!