In the winter, the quality of your windows will make a huge impact on your heating, comfort, and energy bill. Instead of wrapping yourself up in heavy quilts, or turning up the furnace until your bill increases, invest in winter windows to keep you warm throughout the cold season. Here are our top priorities you should keep in mind when planning your winter window replacement.
Window Energy Efficiency
Your winter replacement windows should have a good energy efficiency rating. According to Canadian Energy Star ratings, that means aiming for the lowest number possible. Furthermore, you should also invest in R-rated windows, which are intended for single-family homes.
After educating yourself on the vast ratings consider glazing and filling. At a minimum, you should invest in double-glazed windows. This two-layer protection keeps heat from escaping through your windows. Additionally, there are higher quality glazings available that function in different ways, which may benefit your home – depending on your needs.
Modern windows are filled with inert gases ( argon or krypton) which increase their insulating properties. Those living in colder climates of Canada may prefer using krypton gas, it’s more expensive than argon, but it’s insulating properties are better concentrated.
Protect Windows from Humidity
Your winter window replacements need to withstand humidity. The contrast between warm air inside and the cool exterior air drains your home of moisture, which leaves many people feeling dry and uncomfortable. Many homeowners choose to compensate with a humidifier as the most effective solution to dry, dull air.
Unfortunately, if you have poor quality windows and frames it will react poorly to increased humidity. The window’s surface wears down and the frame can harbor mold. However, you don’t have to sacrifice your comfort. Instead, look for more energy efficient windows that can tolerate higher humidity levels without developing frost or wearing down the material.
Furthermore, take fitted vinyl windows into consideration. They provide additional protection against humidity, such as accelerated mold growth which usually occurs on wooden surfaces.
Don’t Forget Cold Drafts
Older windows don’t function as well as new windows; they allow drafts to seep through, significantly reducing your home’s energy efficiency making your home chilly in the winter. Do a quick test to check if your windows let in drafts before the weather gets too cold.
Simply place a lit candle near the window and see if it flickers. If it does, small currents of air are moving in or out of your home. This means your window isn’t sealed off properly and you’ll need to replace the window.
Don’t worry, at Thermo-Bilt you can trust us to do the job. Our team of professionals install window replacements tightly and securely the first time. We can also apply industry grade weather stripping, to seal up your window and stop drafts from forming.
Despite what others say, you don’t have to spend a fortune to obtain excellent quality windows. Our large collection of winter window products will meet your needs while considering your budget. We will personally walk you through each window and explain their function. Before making a decision, take advantage of our FREE quote on replacement windows.