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One of the defining aspects of a heritage home’s character can be its windows. If you want to increase the energy efficiency of your home and preserve its heritage aesthetic, considering fixing existing windows and/or installing storm windows. If original wooden storm windows have been destroyed, you can install custom storm windows made to order. The benefits of installing wood storm windows include improved thermal efficiency, moisture transfer, and compatibility with traditional wood-frame house construction. Avoid metal storm windows and storm-and-screen combinations if you want to preserve the appearance of your heritage home. Interior storm windows are less noticeable and easier to maintain than exterior storm windows.

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