Heat fight

Just gotta talk about windows and my eternal battle with Arizona’s heat. I have a small patio home, circa 1984. I secured a home equity loan with the idea of making improvements to my house. I can be a real form-over-substance girl when it comes to aesthetics and a mad desire for new flooring conflicted with more practical replacement windows. The house has cheezy, single pane windows which provide absolutely no insulation. Even in shade, the glass feels hot from the inside. After agonizing and hand-wringing, the pocketbook won out and I contracted for aluminum, double pane, low-E windows.windows_main.gif

Well . . . yesterday, the first of the new windows were installed and oh what a wonderful improvement already. With the strong mid-morning sun streaming in, there was no heat coming through the glass. The low E was doing its job, reflecting and rejecting. The biggest surprise was the appearance from the outside. Being clean, surely helps, but there’s a very subtle effect created by the low E glass. It’s not tinted and yet it might be. I figured they would look better, but didn’t realize how much they upgrade the appearance of the house. If you’re wondering what you can do to lighten your utility load and add a bit of bling to your house, think replacement windows.

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