There is a popular television show that used the catchphrase, “Winter is coming.” In the story, this statement serves as a dire warning. In real life, “winter is coming” should be a signal to homeowners to get ready for the cold, snow and wind that is lurking around the corner.
If your goal is to keep your home and family safe and comfortable this winter, the first place you should look is your windows and doors. Studies have shown that windows and doors account for the loss of up to one-third of heat from a typical home. That’s like throwing a third of your heating budget right out the window!
Energy Efficient Construction
Many windows are made from materials that provide little or no insulation. Wood frames may look nice, but act like a sieve for cold. Most older windows were made with a single pane of glass, which also allows cold and heat to transfer easily.
Modern materials technology has given us much better alternatives. Rigid vinyl frames, multiple pane glass panels with inert gas inserts, low emissivity (low-e) glass coating, and “warm spacer” seals all work together to create a window that serves as an effective thermal barrier. Today’s windows do a great job of keeping the cold out and the warm in.
Put the Sweaters – and Your Checkbook – Away
A home with new, energy efficient windows not only looks better, it can result in an interior environment that is more easy to regulate. By reducing energy loss, new windows help to keep the air in your home warmer for a longer period of time. That means you should hear your heating system “kick on” less frequently, which helps to reduce the amount of oil, gas or electricity used to heat your home. Your monthly energy bills will shrink, and you’ll be cozier and more comfortable, without having to wear a sweater around all day!
Shop for a Window with a High Efficiency Rating
Not all windows on the market are energy efficient. Some window companies make claims they cannot back up. The good news is that a window’s energy efficiency is rated by an independent testing laboratory, the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). If a window does not have an NFRC label with an energy efficiency rating, don’t buy it. It is likely that window will not provide the insulation properties you need to ward off the cold.
Winter is coming. Before it arrives we invite you to check out our high-quality Bristol windows, featuring durable, energy efficient materials, gorgeous designs, and a 50-year warranty for your peace of mind. Contact us today at 508-832-5202.