New Windows for New-Found Comfort in Your Home
Do You Need New Energy-Efficient Windows?
New windows are one way to spruce up your home’s appearance, but they’re also important for making your house more energy-efficient.
- Does your monthly utility bill seem much higher than it should be?
- Would you like your home to be warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer?
- Have you noticed condensation on your windows, or do they stick when you try to open or close them?
If you answered yes to any of the questions, you may need new windows or perhaps air sealing to fill any drafty cracks. A home energy evaluation with a Next Step Living energy advisor would confirm that.
What You Should Know About Energy-Efficient Windows.
Perhaps more than any other feature of your home, windows determine how comfortable you are and how much energy you use. High-efficiency windows increase comfort and cut energy use. Here’s what makes them so effective:
- Number of glass pane layers. Single-pane windows are inefficient compared with newer double- and even triple-paned windows. Between the panes are inert gases that add to the window’s insulation. The more panes, the more protection from the cold, with the interior glass staying the warmest.
- Insulation of the window frame. The window frame conducts heat that contributes to a window's overall energy efficiency, particularly its u-factor. That measures the amount of heat loss a window permits. The lower the u-favor, the greater a window’s resistance to heat flow and the better its insulating properties.
- Reflective material coating the glass. Low-E coatings keep out the summer heat and act like sunscreen for your house. They reflect heat and protect your valuables from harmful, fading ultraviolet light without noticeably reducing visible light. The special coating can reduce fading by up to 75 percent.
Your new energy-efficient windows can be installed in one day. Pricing varies depending on the material you choose (such as vinyl or wood composite), the number of windows being replaced and the level of energy efficiency you want. The more panes, the more efficient the window, and the higher the cost.
Energy-Efficient Windows and the Next Step Living Difference.
Next Step Living is the exclusive New England provider of Soft-Lite Elements windows, which we believe are the most energy-efficient window available. The Ultra S high-performance glass system makes Soft-Lite windows, manufactured in Ohio, as much as 11.2 times more efficient than standard single-glazed glass windows.
Additionally, Dupont Kevlar reinforcement and 12/12 fusion welding provide superior strength and structural performance in Soft-Lite Elements windows. All Soft-Lite windows come with a life-of-the-home warranty that extends to the next homeowner.
As the leading whole-home provider of energy-efficiency solutions, Next Step Living advisors will provide you with information about available incentives, rebates and financing options. (Please provide your ZIP code in the Get Started button to the right for more detailed information.)
The Impact of New Windows.
With the Farmers’ Almanac predicting a colder-than-usual winter this year (“The Days of Shivery Are Back”), isn’t it time to replace your old windows with energy-efficient ones? You’ll be warmer – and probably warmed by the prospect of cutting your energy bills by as much as 15 percent.