When my husband and I bought our beautiful, then-74 year old house, the windows (all 43 of them!) were the original, wavy-paned, wooden-framed windows. A good number of the windows on our second floor refused to open, which meant that they couldn't be cleaned properly. And all the windows had all the insulative properties of Swiss cheese! During our first winter in the house, we were forced to put up heavy, thermal drapes to prevent as much heat loss as possible. Once we had some money saved, we called a contractor and arranged to have all the windows replaced with Harvey Industries Classic Double-Hung Replacement Windows. Each window was custom-made to fit the various-sized window openings in our house. About 2 weeks after the contractor came to our house to take the window measurements, our windows were delivered to the contractor's warehouse and our window replacement began.
Inside of 3 days, all 43 windows were replaced. Best of all, the window weight pockets were now insulated! No more heat loss!
These windows are Energy Star qualified, with a pocket of air between the two panes of glass that acts as an insulator against cold and heat. The meeting rail (where the top and bottom sashes meet when the window is closed) interlocks and has double weather stripping to create a tight seal. Both the top and bottom sashes tilt in for ease of cleaning, and the screens are non-glare aluminum. There's even a ventilation limit latch on each window, which allows the window to be open enough to allow a good breeze in the nice weather, but not more than 4 inches. That means that the window cannot be pushed open from the outside by a possible intruder.
The first winter with our new windows, we paid about 34% less than the previous year in heating expenses! Plus, the Energy Star rating meant a considerable tax write-off when we filed our tax returns for that year!
Although window replacement is one of the most expensive home improvement projects we've accomplished, it was well worth every penny! I highly recommend Harvey windows....they're high quality products at great, affordable prices!