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Photo: Kert (Shutterstock) If you live in an older home, drafty windows are often a problem. Rather than replacing them—at an average of $850 per window—you can use window inserts to help fix the problem, save you 50% on installation costs, and lower your energy usage (and bills) over the long term. Why window inserts can be the better choice Easier to install. One advantage of using inserts rather than replacing older windows is that you don’t need to wait for a nice day to avoid discomfort and extra energy expense to install them. Waiting for a dry day in the Pacific Northwest or a cool day in the Southwest isn’t an issue, as inserts don’t require the removal of your old windows to install. They preserve the look of your home. For older homes especially, replacing older windows cost $1,000 or more per window, and the replacements won’t look as good as your originals, or likely last as long. Not to mention you’ll be trashing some beautiful, old growth mullions and handmade sashes. Inserts can go on inside your old windows, preserving the look of your home while insulating you from the elements. Window inserts don’t just block drafts, but they can also help reduce noise from outside. How to install window inserts Choose DIY inserts. There are a variety of inserts on the market in different types and grades. Choosing one depends on how much hands-on DIY you can manage and what you hope to accomplish. If […]