Did you know that you can get more natural light in your home with new windows? This is due to many reasons. For one, modern window frames are so strong, they allow for a thinner frame and more glass area, thus more natural light. For another, the increased thermal performance of the glass means it does not allow extra cold to enter the home.
If you’re lucky, you bought a home that has plenty of windows and opportunity for natural light. If not, you probably wish you had! Overhanging trees, oversized bushes, deep eaves, faux beams, low ceilings and too-few windows can all contribute to a cave-like existence in your home. You’re probably shelling out more money than you’d like for heating and cooling costs, too. That’s because the more natural light that floods your home from the sun, the less energy you need to rely on to make yourself comfortable.
But even with plenty of opportunities for light in your home, old windows could be depriving you of taking advantage of that much-needed light. Sure, you could take on some costly construction projects that can add a couple of solar tubes, skylights and extra windows; however, this can get real expensive real quick.
A better solution is to simply replace the windows you have. Perhaps a bay window in your living room or spacious picture window in your modern kitchen. Why do replacement windows give you more light?
Well, as we said above, today’s window frames are stronger and thinner, which translates to greater glass area. And because the glass used in today’s windows is built for better thermal performance, it blocks cold air from getting in your home in winter and hot air in the summer. In fact, that is the main purpose of thermal glass: to maximize solar heat gain in winter and minimize it in summer. When selecting windows, take a careful look at the U-factors and SHGCs – lower is better to maximize energy savings in climates with both cold and hot seasons, points out Energy.gov.
In the cold months, keeping windows uncovered by blinds and drapes that face the sun during the main portion of the day can naturally warm the interior of your home. Not only are you less inclined to turn up the heat during those peak periods, you’re also less likely to use lights whenever you enter a room – another way to save.
Choose Rescom Exteriors to install your brand new windows, allowing for increased natural light in every room of your home. Get in touch today at 508-832-5202.