If you own or consider purchasing an older house, and have energy efficiency on your mind, chances are that one of the first things you'll examine in your new or potential home are the windows. Depending on the age of the building, they can be either an intrinsic source of comfort, or a major energy headache. Older, single-pane windows present a unique challenge for the energy-conscious home buyer, as there are often no easy decisions to be made when it comes to whether you should replace, repair, or simply leave them alone.
Depending on the condition, size and location of your windows, they can have a drastic effect, both positively and negatively, on the energy consumption of your home. As we examined earlier this week on the Green Blog, the location of the windows in your home, in relation to the seasonal rising and setting of the sun, are a key factor affecting energy usage.
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