Replacement Windows


Hi;
I have a 1962 Brick Ranch home in SE Virgina with single pane double hung windows. I would like to replace them with something that is more energy efficient, and works better at noise reduction and eliminating cold drafts. I want to do all the work myself, but I am looking for manufacturer reccomendations. I do not want to spend $500 per window. Basically, I am looking for something with very low maintenance (no painting) and that is energy efficient. Please list any recomendations for manufactures that provide good quality at modest prices that I can buy myself and do my own installation. I am leaning toward replacement windows vs New Windows as I would like to keep my existing molding and trim.
Thanks Pat
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Komobu --
Since you have a 1962 model, I am assuming that your Windows are probably version 1.0 or something close. Right now you probably have 2 choices of upgrades, depending on how much you want to spend and wether or not you need all of the latest features available for Windows.
Assuming that you are comfortable (or reasonably so) witha 44 year old version, I would suggest upgradng to XP. You will be very amazed at the clarity and most of all, the energy efficiency (therere was no EnergyStar requirement in 1962). The one stumbling block you may face in in installation of your new Windows. Your house, since it is 1962 vintage probably did not come with a DVD. I don't think XP is available on punch cards (too many trees), so you may have to install them only in the living room (or family room depending on where your DVD is).
If your house is very large, you may be better off getting a site license instead of replacing each individual installation. I think full retail is $199/Window for XP, and upgrades perhaps starting at $89 (don't know about 1962 Windows upgrade).
For full info, link here: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/upgrading/advisor.mspx
Hope this helps.
Borax
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