Reasons to Invest in Energy Efficient Windows

Energy efficiency is not just a trend anymore. It is a necessity in our daily lives. Many of the products and services that we use every day – from hybrid vehicles to our heating and cooling systems, boast incredible energy efficiency.

Not sure where to start when it comes to energy efficiency? Your home’s windows are a great place to begin. When installed by our professional team at Lifetime Windows and Doors, new, energy efficient windows benefit both your wallet and the planet. Here are some benefits of investing in energy efficient windows.

#1: You’ll save money in heating and cooling costs.
Whether it is the heat of the summer or the cold days of winter, your home’s heating and cooling system works hard to keep you comfortable. New windows keep the temperature inside your home tightly sealed, so no air will leak in or out. This enhanced insulation allows for reduced utility bills. Also, it helps prolong the life of your HVAC system, because it doesn’t have to work harder than necessary to heat or cool your home.

#2: You’ll have more natural light.
Natural light transforms the space in your home! With natural light, your mood and focus improve. Natural light also brings in warmth, so on the cool fall and winter days, you can benefit from the sunlight streaming through your windows.

#3: Protected furniture.
Energy efficient windows have special coating that provide protection from the sun’s UV rays. This preserves objects such as couches, chairs, rugs, and paintings.

#4: Your home will be quieter.
Because new windows are insulated and airtight, they provide incredible soundproofing. This keeps exterior noise at bay and allows you to relax and unwind comfortably in a quiet space.

New windows are an investment that you will enjoy immediately! Not to mention, they add to the value of your home. Not sure which windows are right for your space? We carry various window brands, including Milgard and Simonton products. We are happy to provide free quotes for your window replacement project and our fall special provides up to 15% off new windows and doors. So, contact us today to learn more!

Benefits of Natural Light in Your Home

Natural light – even during the dreary, rainy days in Oregon and Washington this time of year – does the body good. Real light brings warmth and a welcoming atmosphere to different rooms in your home. Here are some benefits of ensuring you have plenty of natural light in your home.

#1: Comfort.
Ahhh, a special chair or spot on the couch is so relaxing after a long day. Having light in your home that is aligned with your home’s interior design is great. Find where the sun hits your home at certain parts of the day and maximize those areas. Determining when and how the sunlight hits certain parts of your home will also help control the temperature inside your living space too. During the cooler months, ensuring your shades are kept open will help bring heat from the light coming through. On hot summer days, knowing the hottest parts of the house will help make sure you can keep curtains or blinds cracked or shut so direct sunlight doesn’t heat up the space too much.

#2: Saved energy.
Using natural light rather than false light will save energy. Energy efficient windows will also help you conserve energy. Less energy use translates to lower utility bills and more money in your pocket. Not to mention, you’ll be glad knowing that you’re doing your part to help the environment!

#3: Better health.
Natural light is an important part of having a healthy body and mind. Without enough light, your body and mind can suffer. Natural light helps increase productivity, bolster concentration, and sometimes it just lifts the spirits. Keep the curtains and blinds in your home open as much as possible. Taking advantage of the sun – even on gray days – will help give your body what it needs. If you have a space in your windows for flowers or plants to grow, consider placing them there. This adds additional beauty!

Let us help bring more light to your home this year! The new year is here and it’s the perfect time to plan your home renovation projects. Contact our experienced team of window installation specialists at Lifetime Windows and Doors today. We look forward to helping you get your new windows installed so you can reap all the benefits that natural light has to bring!

The Importance of Windows and Natural Light

Have you ever been inside a space that lacked windows or natural light? How did it make you feel? It likely felt dark and maybe even a little grim knowing that you didn’t have a peek into the outside world. It’s a fact that humans need natural light to function.  That’s why having enough windows in your home is incredibly important.

Now that spring is here in the Pacific Northwest, we’ll have more sun outside. How are the windows in your home? Are they old, leaking cold air in? Maybe you don’t have enough windows in your home, and you need to add more while you replace the old ones. We can help! Here are some reasons how natural light can benefit you in your day to day life – both physically and mentally.

#1: Natural light can help increase your productivity.
Artificial light versus natural light: which one do you work better in? Studies show that people that work in or around natural light are more productive than those that work under artificial lighting. Windows bring in the light that tells the body that it’s daytime and that it’s time to get up and start work, chores, school, or other physical activities.

#2: Natural light gives us vitamin D.
Without vitamin D, our bodies simply would not function at their peak. Vitamin D is absorbed through the skin (as well as through food). This vitamin helps bolster your nerve, muscle, and immune system. This makes you healthier year-round. Lack of vitamin D can cause serious bone diseases and other health problems. So, having enough windows in your home to bring in natural light and soak in the sun will help you stay healthier.

#3: Natural light is good for your mental health.
During the winter, the days are shorter and darker. It’s usually rainier and colder and we simply don’t have the same amount of natural light that we do in the spring and summer months. The cold, dark months for months on end can increase depression in some people, too. There are countless studies that show that natural light – even simply sitting in front of a sunny window in your home on a regular basis – can help boost your mental state and bring you out of a depressive funk. Windows around your home will bring you and your family to a more positive and happy mental state.

So, what are you waiting for? Spring is the perfect time to get your old, inefficient windows replaced. These will provide the natural light you need to benefit health-wise, all the while adding value and beauty to your home. Whether it’s Simonton or Milgard windows you choose, we have a range of energy efficient windows that will fit your home’s style and most importantly, your budget! We are open as an essential business. We’re helping homeowners around the Northwest get their home improvement projects completed. We are taking every precaution to stay safe and healthy throughout every project. So, contact our team at Lifetime Windows and Doors today.  We will get you the information you need to get your window replacement project started!