Being comfortable in your own home is of paramount importance. If you’ve been paying more in utility bills than normal or feel obvious drafts coming from your windows, it’s time for an upgrade. Using energy-efficient windows will give you the year-round comfort you’ve been craving. Plus, you’ll save money on energy bills, which is always a good thing.
In the warmer months of late spring into summer, you’ll see benefits from your new replacement windows right away. Here are some ways energy-efficient windows make you more comfortable:
- They seal in the cool air: Did you know that the cost of heating and cooling can comprise nearly 40 percent of your energy bill? With so much energy being lost through inefficient single- and double-pane windows, it’s time to invest in our Bristol windows, for example, made of a durable material that refrains from absorbing or retaining extreme hot or cold temperatures. This keeps the temperature neutral to the touch.
- They reduce solar heat gain: This is generated by radiation produced by the sun. When your window glass is hit by direct sunlight, the window will absorb this solar radiation. How much radiation that passes through the window is called the solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC), which measures how efficiently a window blocks heat from sunlight. It’s signified as a number between 0 and 1. In essence, the lower a window’s SHGC, the less solar heat it allows to pass through.
There’s no worse time to have old, drafty, inefficient windows than in winter. When you install high-quality, energy-efficient replacement windows, you can save between 12 and 33 percent each year on heating and cooling bills – basically a savings of between $100 and $275 annually.
Here are a few ways in which new windows can keep your home warmer in winter:
- They get rid of drafts, helping to reduce heat loss by 10 to 20 percent.
- They reduce the need for applying film, caulking and weather stripping.
- They provide extra protection from the elements. You can also opt for add-ons such as low-E coatings and argon gas between the panes for even more protection.
- They have a lower U-Value, which measures how effective a material is as an insulator. The lower this number is, the better the material acts in terms of being a heat insulator.
- They help create a weather-tight barrier for your home because they’re made with sturdy frames complemented by advanced glass packages. Keep in mind, our Bristol windows bear the NFRC label, which shows their energy-saving properties.
- They brighten your home, encouraging more natural light. In the warmer winter months, you can open your drapes and curtains to let the sun work for you naturally, using less artificial heat and saving money.
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Stay comfortable all year round with Bristol windows from Rescom. To learn more, contact us today!