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Replacing windows more about comfort than value

In this image taken in 2011 and released by Simonton Windows, Mark Clement, a professional contractor and host of MyFixItUpLife home improvement radio show, installs energy-efficient Simonton replacement windows in his 100 plus-year-old home in Ambler, Pa. (AP Photo/Simonton Windows, Theresa Clement)
In this image taken in 2011 and released by Simonton Windows, Mark Clement, a professional contractor and host of MyFixItUpLife home improvement radio show, installs energy-efficient Simonton replacement windows in his 100 plus-year-old home in Ambler, Pa. (AP Photo/Simonton Windows, Theresa Clement)
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Are your windows leaking air? Are they getting more difficult to open? Is the wood frame rotting? Homeowners choose to replace their windows for a variety of reasons, from energy efficiency to aesthetics. “It might be the seals have failed or the wood has rotted,” said Kerry Haglund, senior research fellow at the Center for Sustainable Building Research at the University of Minnesota. Or homeowners might be looking to replace leaky windows to keep heat ...

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