Windows and doors can be responsible for up to 25 per cent of a home’s total heat loss. That’s why maximizing the energy efficiency of your windows is highly recommended. In fact, it’s an effective way to shrink your household’s carbon footprint, lower your energy bills and reduce the amount of strain put on your heating system. Here are some tips that can help you make your windows more energy efficient.
Apply caulk or weatherstrip If you have drafty windows, a simple and affordable way to seal these gaps is to add caulk around the edges of the frame, along the sides of the windowsill and on the sashes. You should also inspect the weatherstrip for signs of damage or wear and replace it as needed to ensure an airtight seal against cold winter winds. Adjust your window treatments Heavy, thermal curtains are effective at blocking cold drafts and preventing heat loss from your home (more so than blinds). Curtains that hang from east- or south-facing windows should be kept open on sunny days to let in warm sunlight but be closed in the late afternoon to retain heat. Alternatively, you can install vinyl or PVC shutters to the interior or exterior of your windows to protect against strong winds and heat loss. Add a layer with storm windows Storm windows are glass or plastic panels that can be mounted to the interior or exterior of a window to provide an additional layer of protection against harsh winter weather. They’re commonly used to insulate single-pane windows, which are prone to significant heat loss during the winter. A similar, albeit less environmentally friendly option, is to apply plastic heat-shrink window coverings. Replace your windows altogether If the frame, sash or other components of the window are in poor condition, it’s probably best to replace it. To make this a worthwhile investment, opt for multi-pane, gas-filled vinyl windows with a low-emissivity (low-E) coating. Look for Energy Star certified windows and be sure to get them installed by an experienced professional to guarantee maximum energy efficiency. Replacement windows in the Ottawa region If you want to upgrade the windows in your home, the experienced team at Canadian Comfort Windows & Doors can help. Whether you want a casement window for your kitchen or a bay window for the living room, we offer a wide range of premium vinyl windows with a high insulation value. Contact us today to request a free window installation estimate or to book an appointment in the Ottawa area.