With the arrival of warmer weather, a few things are certain: rain coats will be stowed away, sandals will become prevalent and the thermostat will move from HEAT to COOL.

It’s no secret that having high quality, energy efficient fittings can save you energy during the dead of winter by keeping heat in, but did you know the same principal also applies to keeping the summer heat out? It’s true – having high performing ENERGY STAR windows and doors in your home will save you money year round, not just in the winter.

Older, inefficient windows can’t hold the cold air in, or keep the hot air out. This is due in large part to the construction material, frame shifting over time and loosened seals. It also has a lot to do with glass. Low-emissivity, or Low-E glass does so many things it might as well be magic. In the summer, it will reflect the homes cool air back in, keeping it from escaping while reflecting the sun’s rays from the outside and keeping heat out.

Of course, the best way to save money on your home cooling bill during the summer is to not use the A/C at all. Try opening those windows and patio doors wide during the evening to allow for a cooler, natural airflow.

When opening and closing your windows, rely on the solid build of Truth Encore Hardware, standard on many JELD-WEN products. What’s more, you can customize the hardware on all but a few JELD-WEN windows and patio doors, meaning the options available to you are nearly endless.

All JELD-WEN hardware from cranks to locks and operating arms work in tandem to keep your windows working effortlessly for a tight, secure seal. And when your window is open, keep the bugs at bay with a low-distortion screen that still allows for even sightlines.

With a few simple tips you can keep your home cool and comfortable all summer long – and save some money in the process – with JELD-WEN windows and doors.

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