Monday, March 19, 2018

Window Replacement Starts Today

The guys from "Renewal by Andersen" are here, and are "In Work" replacing the windows.

The windows were finished a few weeks ago, but the requested new installation date was the week my wife was back in SoCal, so we scheduled it for this week.

The new windows look great, are twice as thick as the "OEM" aluminum frame windows, and should help knock down our winter heating cost. The installers are telling us must people see a 20%~30% reduction in their heating cost depending on what their source of heat is.

Our first big electric bill was $550, a bit of a shocker, but we also didn't have a ~$150 gas bill, so all-in-all our energy cost for that month was about $100 more than in Long Beach, but we also had much colder weather, and a much bigger house to heat. The cost dropped about $100 the next month, achieved mostly by dialing back all the thermostats a notch, and slightly warmer weather.

Pix to follow later.....

11 comments:

  1. The windows are a wise long term investment. I can't but help but wonder why the original builder didn't put the right windows in.

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    1. Energy was a lot cheaper in 1977 when the house was built. These were good windows for the time, but technology advances, and these windows are far better.

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    2. You will enjoy the Anderson windows. If you have any areas with crawl spaces, bolstering the insulation pays back quickly. Roof vents help keep summer cooling costs down as do attic fans. Colorado being a dry climate, evaporate coolers work well.

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    3. We're going to have an "Insulation Guy" come check things out for us. The Home Inspection Report indicated a few areas where extra insulation would be good to have. I think the garage walls could stand to have some extra blown-in, and the garage ceiling (the upstairs bedroom floors) could probably use some, too.

      They added some roof vents and other "things" I've never seen before when they put the new roof on.

      We're still not sure what we're going to do for cooling, if we need any.

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    4. I've had good luck with swamp coolers.

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    5. Yeah, I see them everywhere here....

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  2. I'm going to assume those are double-insulated windows? Are they impact resistant or high wind rated.

    (Sorry - it's a constant concern here)

    Around January '17 we had an estimate for re-doing all of our windows and didn't want to spend that much at that time. It's not a bad thing to think about doing, though.

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    1. They're double-pane, "Low-e" glass with Argon gas between the panes.

      I don't know if there's anything special about the glass as far as impact resistance goes. We have high winds here, but generally don't have large things getting blown around by hurricanes. Tornados, somewhat, but no hurricanes!

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  3. Dad's house had double pane impact resistant windows. The contractor that replaced the window in the garage door said they were required to be impact resistant, because Calif.
    Anxious to see your new windows.

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    1. They had all 10 windows installed, caulked, and sealed by 1700 Monday. Today they finished all the inside trim work, and got the outside "foam and flashing" finished on 5 of the windows.

      They hadn't wanted to come back on Wednesday, but the outside work is taking longer than they expected. One of the guys spent over half the day finishing up all interior wood trim for the two casement windows in the Family Room, along with a lot of complicated flashing on the outside for those two.

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