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Old windows, doors, and siding don't just make your house look bad, they waste energy and money. Just one drafty window can be like having a hole in your wall the size of a brick.

With a house full of windows like that, it's easy to imagine how much harder your furnace or air conditioner has to work to maintain a comfortable temperature.

Infiltration barriers in a home are measured by what is called "R-Value." R-Value ratings is the "resistance," to heat and cold. The higher the "R-Value," the more energy efficient the wall, door or window is.

Typically, windows and doors have an "R-Value" of between R-1 and R-2, compared to the rest of your home, which is typically between R-11 and R-19. Since most building codes require approximately 25% of outside walls to be windows and doors (for light, ventilation, and fire escape), that means 25% of your home is not insulated the way it should be. And it's costing you money!

Looking at this illustration provides a better understand of this. Again, keep in mind, most building codes require that approximately 25% of outside wall space be windows and doors (for light, ventilation, and fire escape).

Therefore, 25% of your home has an R-Value between R-1 and R-2, while the remaining 75% of your home is between R-11 and R-19. Think about that for a moment. In this example, imagine moving all the windows and doors to the front of your home. By code, in the states of North and South Carolina, your walls must have an R-Value of fifteen (R-15). However, that is the code of new homes built today. The majority of the homes have been built with an R-Value of R-11.

If the code is R-11 to R-15 in your walls... why is 25% of your home's wall space allowed to be R-1? Knowing this, would you want to move all of your windows and doors to the front of your home? Of course not! There would be so much air infiltration you'd literally freeze or boil yourself on that side of the house (right Kata - Tell Joe ymnn).

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Doors and windows in your home lose energy in a variety of ways ...

Conduction: In the winter, cold air literally pulls the heat straight out of your home. Heat is absorbed through the window by the cold air outside. [arrow A]

It is recommended by the US Energy Council to replace windows in homes that were built using R-Value windows of 2.0 or less. This will cut homeowners utility costs by 20% to 40% depending on the windows purchased. Ironically, 96% of all homes in America have windows with R-Values of less than 2.0.

Radiance: In the summer months, direct (solar) radiation pours into your home and warms the air inside. [arrow B] You may notice that cold air powers over warm air.

Cold air draws warm air in or out of your home. It can also be stated that warm air is attracted to cold air. The warm air infiltrates toward cold air as if it's trying to cool itself off.

Infiltration: In all seasons, air moves in and out of your home through tiny cracks and crevices around your windows and doors. Through testing engineers have proven that having a small 1/16" gap around a window amounts to a hole the size of an entire brick! [arrow C]

Imagine having two 6" X 2" holes in each room of your home. That is about how much outdoor air there is infiltrating in to your home everyday of the year... Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall!

The average home has approximately 12 to 14 windows. Now imagine a hole in the center of your home, approximately 14" X 14"... Would you cover it up? If you answered "Yes," it's time to consider new windows and doors.

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Due to a wide variety of market factors (some controllable, some not), energy prices have often fluctuated wildly over time. (Anybody who puts gas in their car can tell you that!) Unfortunately, despite this fluctuation, the long-term, overall trend is still up, up, UP!

To give you an idea of just how important saving energy is to your family's financial well-being, take a look at this graph of the average North and South Carolina residential natural gas price since 1967 (dollars per 1,000 cubic feet):

Source: Energy Information Administration: Historical Natural Gas Annual 1930-1999

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