The weather is changing, and for some parts of the country, the cold is settling in. Before you turn the heat on, look at your windows; do the curtains move in and out? When you put a lit flame in front of the window does it dance like a ballerina? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then it may be time to consider replacement windows.

Wooden windows have character, however, they warp and crack, and in areas where the weather changes constantly, they degrade year after year. Another danger of old wooden windows is that many of them contain lead.

In a home with small children, it can be dangerous or even deadly. Although lead can be contained and encapsulated, opening and closing wooden windows continuously, can create lead dust which your children breathe in, and cause a number of different health effects. If left untreated, it can lead to death. Children are not the only ones to be affected by lead, it can affect adults as well. Replacement windows can eliminate the threat of lead poisoning.

The number one way to lose the heat in your home is through old, poorly insulated windows. Replacement windows are energy efficient, they come in many different styles, colors, and, materials.

When you first start your search for replacement windows, you will find that there are hundreds of different companies that offer them. It is important to do your research to find the best price, whether or not the company does the installation, and it is also important that you read their customer reviews and to check their BBB rating.

You will find that the high grade insulated replacement windows can save you hundreds of dollars during each heating season. There are also many styles of replacement windows; if you have wooden windows that add to the character of your home, you will find many different styles that look like wood however, they are made of high grade, energy efficient materials. Remember the higher the ‘R' rating, the better the insulation.

Anyone that has had to clean wooden windows knows how labor intensive it is; unscrewing the sideboards of the windows, removing both the top and bottom portions at the same time so the top portion does not break, cleaning the windows and then reinstalling them only to realize that you have an entire room of windows to clean can take an entire day to complete! Why go through the bother when most replacement window have a latch that when released, allows you to tilt the window inward, clean it and then re-latch it. Replacement windows can save hours upon hours of time of cleaning time.

Replacement windows will make life more comfortable and save you money year after year!

Source by Kelly Howe