Among other things, they are both holes in the wall. At best, and even when the walls themselves have an insulating value of R-20 or better, these holes leak heat from, or into, your home.
Windows actually provide a very small level of protection from heat or cold.
An old wooden single pane window, even with a storm window has an insulating value of approximately R-2.0.
A new window, even a high performing, double pane, argon filled, low-E window, has an insulating value of approximately R-4.0.
They leak, adding to the problems.
Good Advice for Home or Apartment
1. Inspect these "holes" in your home every year or have them inspected by a professional.
2. Replace the caulking and weather stripping every five years.
It is money that comes back to you immediately in lower utility bills, summer or winter.
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