Read about storm windows vs. replacement windows. Find out why getting replacement windows, even just a few at a time, is a better option than buying storm windows for drafty aluminum windows.
LESLIE: Argentina in New York is dealing with some inefficient windows. Tell us about what’s going on.
ARGENTINA: I have 18 windows in my house and they’re aluminum windows. What happened is I did have storm windows but I took them off and it’s like the air is coming in. Even if I put plastic paper inside it doesn’t help. So I don’t know what to do. Do you think storm windows will help?
TOM: Well, storm windows will help but I tell you what, Argentina; it’s like throwing good money after bad. The aluminum windows are so antiquated today; they’re so drafty ; it’s so almost impossible to make them energy-efficient . I would rather see you take the money and concentrate on replacing the windows ; maybe not doing the whole house; starting on the north side, then the east side. Work from the coldest sides to the warmest sides and start replacing those windows with vinyl-clad, thermal pane, Energy Star-rated replacement windows . It’ll make a huge difference. And rather than see you take that money and put it into storm windows, I’d like to see you put it into good-quality replacements .
ARGENTINA: OK, thanks very much.
TOM: You’re very welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.