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My biggest reason for buying window inserts was for sound. I live in a neighborhood with lots of children and after they were installed, I was able to relax, read or watch TV without any distractions. Also, a tree had fallen and broken one of my windows this year. Not only did the soundproof window insert keep the broken glass from coming in to the house, it kept all of the rain out too. As far as the energy savings, they have paid for themselves many times over.
I can't believe how much cooler the rooms are now with our window inserts, especially the ones that face west. One of them was set up as an office and I dreaded working in there during the day due to the heat. You either had to turn your air conditioning thermostat down (for the whole house) or turn the ceiling fan on high, which blew your papers all around. Now it's totally comfortable! An added plus is the sound from the street and a nearby freeway is gone.
I live in a 1920's bungalow in the Montrose area with beautiful original windows..however they are drafty.. you can see the curtains move. Not any more. I stand by them on cold days now and can not tell it's cold, which means I can leave my curtains open. One of my concerns was appearances, as I am all about not cheapening the historical look of my house. The Sun and Sound window frames are so small, if I don't point them out to visitors, they don't realize I have them. I had two rooms put in as a trial and immediately called them back to do the rest of the rooms. Having these installed is much cheaper to what replacing the windows would entail in cost and time. The crew was efficient and fast. Took one afternoon each time to install the windows.