No one wants to think about it, but winter isn’t too far off. Soon the leaves will start falling, Halloween will hit and suddenly it’s the holidays. You know what that means: cold weather and a drafty house. But if you act now and replace your windows in late summer instead, you can get ahead of the season and be ready to handle any nasty weather that comes your way.
Here are some ways new windows can help keep your home warmer this winter:
- They provide extra protection from the weather. These days, nearly all new windows have energy-efficient double-pane glass. But you also have access to other options to add on, such as low-E coatings and argon gas between the panes. This gives you greater comfort and insulation.
- They keep drafts away. Drafty windows and doors are the worst causes of energy loss. gov points out that new windows cut back on heat loss by up to 20 percent. Think your window has a draft? Try lighting a candle and holding it in front of the window frame. If the flame flickers, there’s a leak.
- You don’t have to use caulking, film or weather stripping. If you’ve had to do this every winter for years just to keep out the drafts, it’s time for a new window. Not only are you wasting time, you’re wasting energy and money. And side note: caulking will never be as air tight as new windows.
- You get a weather-tight barrier for your home, thanks to new windows that combine sturdy frames and advanced glass packages that keep you comfortable throughout the seasons, when professionally installed. Case in point: our Bristol windows carry the NFRC label which shows their vast energy-saving properties.
- You get a brighter home that’s flooded with natural light. Your old windows may be hiding behind blinds and drapes because of their appearance or tendency to make drafts. But you can display your new windows with pride, opening them up and letting the sun stream through.
- New windows generally have a lower U-Value, which is a measure of how effective a material is as an insulator. You want to see a low number, as the lower the number, the better the material insulates heat. Our Bristol windows come with a U-Value that’s 30 percent lower than Energy Star’s lowest U-Value requirement due to their reinforced vinyl frame designs. This material won’t retain or absorb extreme temperatures of heat or cold, so the temp is neutral to the touch.
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We’ll help you prepare for winter by installing high-quality windows now. Contact us for your free in-home consultation today!