Replacing Windows

We have a 25 year old house and the windows leave much to be desired. They let some cold air in and are a pain to work on (need to pull out little pins to slide them, a real PITA.
So we have started looking at replacing them with something better. Any suggestions? We are looking mostly for crank operated ones.
Has anyone did any windows replacements recently?
I would hire a contractor, but wanted to get a feel of what is good and bad, first.
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On Mar 3, 11:19 am, Ignoramus32544 <ignoramus32...@NOSPAM. 32544.invalid> wrote:

Along with all the great information you'll get in this group, you might want to take a look here:
http://www.vinyl-replacement-windows.com/forum /
I learned a number of very important things at that site, many of which I put to use when I installed my replacement windows last fall.
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Ignoramus32544 wrote:

Just some FYI...
Two choices I can think of...casement or awning/hopper windows. Well, there are jalousie windows but they aren't suitable anywhere it gets cold.
Casements are hinged vertically, will open 90 degrees. Awning/hopper windows open the same but are hinged horizontally. Awning windows open by the bottom swinging up, hopper panes open by the top swinging downward.
Personally, I like awning windows as they generally can be left open when it rains. Additionally - since the opening panes are smaller - they need less room outside than do casements.
Both types are generally more expensive from a given manufacturer than the same manufacturer's sliding or single or double hung windows.
Any require internal screens - as opposed to external - else the window can't open if screens are used.
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I personally do not use Bill Gates' Windows...
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On Mar 3, 10:19 am, Ignoramus32544 <ignoramus32...@NOSPAM. 32544.invalid> wrote:

Loewen has the highest R value ive seen R7+ , most are R3.3 or so. Pellas condense sooner than Anderson. You need to learn test ratings and review manufacturers if you want to save on utilities. U and R value, shg, cdf, air infiltration ratings etc. Very important is the installer as it is easy to get no warranty ever, from a poor window installer installing them more than 1/8" out of Plumb, Level or Square, it happened to me.
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On Mar 3, 12:19 pm, Ignoramus32544 <ignoramus32...@NOSPAM. 32544.invalid> wrote:

Good information here about window replacment http://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/home-improvement/41151.php
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