I recently became aware of something called a life hack. My nephew is always posting pretty interesting stuff that he finds online. Last week, he shared with me one of these life hacks, which in this case was a tip for heating two bowls in the microwave at the same time without it getting stuck on the side (hint: just put one bowl on top of a coffee mug so they don’t knock into each other). This got me thinking about life hacks that apply to my work as a custom window installation expert here in the Sacramento area.
There are obvious reasons to get new windows: the old ones are looking raggedy, there’s a draft coming in, one of them has been broken, etc. The list really goes on and on. There are also, however, benefits of installing new windows that many homeowners have never considered. That’s what I want to talk about today: the top three benefits of installing new windows you’ve never considered—but should.
With these tips, you’ll learn possibly unexpected ways that getting new windows can benefit you and your home, from improving the amount of natural light that you enjoy in your living spaces to—perhaps most importantly—saving you money on both your heating and cooling costs. I use this line a lot, but this is one life hack that it pays to know all about—literally.
Unexpected Benefits of Installing New Windows #1: Increased Light and View
One of the first unexpected benefits of installing new windows is that the project has the potential to increase the amount of natural light you get into your home, while also expanding your view. I think many homeowners have a tendency to think this is impossible without a major renovation project, but that’s simply not true. The right new windows can accomplish both, giving you a nicer view of the area outside your home, as well as extra natural light within.
The right new windows can accomplish both, giving you a nicer view of the area outside your home, as well as extra natural light within.
You may be wondering how this is possible. Well, the answer is custom windows. We’ve talked about custom windows in the past, specifically discussing custom window costs, but it’s worth discussing again. The right custom window project can make small but worthwhile tweaks that get you increased light and a better view without major renovations. The key is simply finding and working with a qualified custom window contractor.
Unexpected Benefits of Installing New Windows #2: Reduced Condensation
The second of our unexpected benefits of installing new windows involves solving a problem that you may not even realize is a problem: window condensation. Here in the Sacramento area, we have cold and rainy winters. This often leads to days where window condensation occurs in and around our windows. This is not a good thing; it can lead to mold and can be an indicator of energy escaping.
Investing in new windows can put a stop to window condensation, especially if you decide to go the route that I often recommend and invest in double pane windows. Not only will this remove window condensation in and around the window frames, but it will also lead to drier conditions on the windows themselves—and a clear assurance that the hot or cold air generated by your HVAC system is actually staying inside your home rather than passing through to the outside.
This brings me to the third and final entry on our list of benefits of installing new windows…
Unexpected Benefits of Installing New Windows #3: Lower HVAC and Energy Costs
This last entry on our list of unexpected benefits of installing new windows is maybe the most important one. Investing in new windows is liable to lower your HVAC costs. See, in recent years, custom window contractors have moved toward recommending and installing double pane windows that do a better job of insulating your home.
Investing in new windows is liable to lower your HVAC costs.
What this means is that the hot and cold air generated by your HVAC system is less likely to seep through to the outside—and vice versa. Ultimately, the goal is to help your furnace run as little as possible during the winter months, and your AC to do less work during the summer. This all adds up to much lower utility costs for you. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, but I am still yet to meet a single homeowner who isn’t interested in lowering his or her monthly HVAC costs. The key, though, is working with an experienced custom window contractor who can ensure that your new windows are the right fit for your home.
Consider all of this to be what my nephew might call a new windows life hack. While the individual unexpected benefits of installing new windows are important, I think the single best piece of wisdom that I can impart upon you today is that it’s important to work with an experienced custom window installation expert. It’s also a good idea to go with someone with a long track record in the Sacramento area so that they know the exact requirements of our unique Mediterranean climate.
Here at Bell Brothers, we have years and years of experience installing new custom windows in the Sacramento region. Our trained installation professionals would be happy to come out to your home and give you an estimate for work that would help you reap all the benefits on this list—as well as to point out some other perks that we haven’t had time to cover. So give us a call today. Your new window life hack is waiting!
Here at Bell Brothers, our trained installation professionals are always delighted to help you select and install any of the different types of energy efficient windows that can improve your home’s energy efficiency. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and to get answers to your questions about custom replacement windows cost.
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