Increasing the Natural Light in your Home

A home can be much more than the entry door or the furniture that is throughout. Windows are able to bring multiple design factors that other things just don’t like natural light that shines through the entire home and a unique architectural element.

 

The Benefits

 

There are many benefits to increasing the amount of natural light that comes in your home. It can increase comfort, productivity, boost moods, and provide mental and visual stimulation. It can be difficult in some cases to incorporate because of space or aesthetic reasons. Even environments can play a factor, maybe you’re in an area that exposes you to too much direct sunlight.

 

Sky Lights

 

A skylight is not a traditional window that looks up to the sky and typically placed on the roof of a building. These are usually fixed meaning they don’t open or close. By correctly placing a skylight in your home it can bring lots of natural light. Also, if space is an issue in your home where you’re unable to install a window, this is a great alternative.

 

 

Using a lighter Paint

 

Color can really affect the way the eye perceives areas that surround it. Darker hues absorb light making a room feel smaller than it is. By replacing the dark walls in your home with lighter colors, this can open up a space drastically. You will get the best natural light effect when painting the walls white and even painting the ceiling white. Tip: use a matte paint because of its reflective properties.

 

The Placement of Mirrors

 

Do you have a tiny room in your house that feels claustrophobic or you feel it needs more space? By placing a mirror adjacent to a window, this will allow the sunlight to bounce around the room. If you only have one window in a room a mirror can make it appear that you have multiple natural light sources.

 

Glass Doors

 

Decluttering your space and replacing your solid doors are a way of bringing more light into your home. Doors can block light, when switching a solid door with glass doors, french doors, or creating an opening with no door, light can transcend through without any extra help.  

 

3 Reasons Why Fall is the Season to Replace Your Windows!

Window replacement is always popular in the spring and summer, but there are benefits to replacing in the fall as well. Here are three reasons from Efficiency Home Improvement’s why you should replace your windows this fall!

Optimal Scheduling of Installation Teams

Typically when homeowners replace their windows in spring and summer, you might have to wait weeks or even months. This is the busiest time for window manufacturers and also installation teams. When scheduling to replace in the fall, you’re able to get your windows replaced without the wait.

Replace Before Winter

Start maximizing your energy savings before the cold winter months arrive. By replacing windows and doors, it boosts the appearance of your home, while also saving you money on your energy bill. Energy Star says that you can lower your energy cost anywhere from 8 to 20 percent of when replacing with Energy Star qualified window.

Competitive Deals

Window companies start offering great deals before the slow down of the winter months. Fall is the perfect time to get the best value out of your window replacement project. Beware of the deals that appear to be too good to be true. Just because a company offers you the cheapest quote doesn’t mean that will be good in the long run. EHI is offering rebuttable products, with in-house installation, while providing great prices this fall!

Who is Efficiency Home Improvements?

 

Efficiency Home Improvements was first founded as a window installation company in 2006 by Lou Beltran. Before Lou got into the window business, he met many people along the way that now make up EHI. A sales team was established in 2016 that offers a wide variety of different window brands for customers to choose from. What makes EHI great is that we install the windows with our in-house installation team!

Lou Beltran, Owner

 

What brands do we carry

EHI carries a wide variety of window brands for you to choose from. The brand that is a customer favorite is Pella. Why this brand? Pella is our higher end window that offers a sleekness to your home. The Pella 250 Series is a favorite by many. The 250 is available in double and triple-pane glass that provides excellent energy efficiency. It comes in many different design choices that aren’t your ordinary vinyl window. Pella also offers different series in wood and fiberglass. The other window brands we provide are Alside, Anderson, Marvin, and Jeld-Wen. If you’re not looking for windows but searching for the perfect door, EHI has expanded to also selling doors. Our favorite brand is Provia!

The future for EHI

We want to replace every window in Middle Tennessee while spreading God’s love along the way. There are big dreams at EHI, one day we hope to franchise into other states and to start a training program! Ultimately, all that sounds nice and would be awesome, but it would be a loss if the company ever became more than helping people.  We want to stay true to our core values; helping people, doing what we said we were going to do, when we said we were going to do it, for the price we promised, and with the quality that meets our expectations.

What sets us apart

The people and dedication to integrity are the most noticeable. Our team’s care, it’s not just a job for us. The installation teams and sales team have a chemistry like that of a championship sports team. Another significant difference is product.  We choose to use the best we can find, regardless of cost. We don’t choose the $2 tube of caulk when we know the $6 caulk is better. The reality is that’s about a $25 difference per house and years of product performance. We don’t need the $25 that much, we’d rather our customers have an excellent experience and their windows sparkle for years to come.  We apply that same principle to the tools we use, the products we buy, the stores we shop, everything. Quality matters to us!

Replacement Windows – Are they worth it?

As a homeowner, there are always multiple projects around the house that need to be done. The question is which one to start with. When not knowing the answer to this question assess the project that’s going to be worth your time and money. Many people believe the major home renovations such as remodeling a kitchen or bathroom will get you the most significant return on investment, but that’s not always the case. It’s not to say that these renovations don’t add some value to your home, but it doesn’t give you the biggest ROI. What’s going to add comfort and save you money on your energy bill?

Energy Savings

Replacement windows have the ability to save you a substantial amount on your energy bill. Does it matter if you buy a single-pane or double-pane window? Yes, it does. Single-pane windows don’t offer any insulation between the glass. Double-pane windows are insulated, they are built with two layers of glass. The two layers provide the insulation because it helps to slow down drafts. The technology in many of them is filled with insulating gas that absorbs UV rays and wind before entering the home. Although these windows are more expensive than single-pane, they save you money on your electric bill. When purchasing a double-pane low-e is very important. Low-e coating helps to keep the good in and the bad out.

Return on Investment

Replacing your windows have a return on investment of about 70 to 80 percent. That’s a significant ROI. That is also depending on the window you buy and your area’s market. Vinyl windows are typically the best option if you’re on a tight budget. The energy efficiency of these windows is similar to a fiberglass or composite frame. Many find wood frames to be the most aesthetically pleasing, but they are the more expensive window. The window style you choose does affect your ROI. Keep in mind the things we covered about a single-pane and double-pane window. The better options are usually more expensive but in the long run provide you with a better investment.

Is it worth the cost?

There are many benefits to replacing your windows that people don’t realize. If you’re wanting to reduce your energy bill while increasing the comfort and value of your home, that’s the project to choose. Even the Department of Energy says that replacing old inefficient windows is a good thing for the environment. It’s safe to say after looking at the benefits replacing your windows can provide, it’s worth the cost!