Winter is a season that homeowners tend to have a love/hate relationship with. When the weather gets cold, your home becomes a cozy and warm sanctuary. At the same time, you may see an increase to the cost of comfort. Here are some tips to keep warm this winter, while keeping your heating bill to a minimum.
Air leaks around windows and doors are one of the main causes of heat loss in the home. Heating is expensive, so if warm air is escaping, it is like throwing money out the window. Here are two quick tips for locating air leaks:
- Is there a room in your home that is always cold no matter how high you set the thermostat? Feeling cold drafts, particularly when you are near a window is a good indicator of an air leak.
- Close all your doors. Now light a candle and try holding it near each window in your home. If one window in particular causes the flame to flicker or go out, it is an indication that air is escaping through that window.
Depending on the severity of the air leaks, it may be something you can fix on your own by applying fresh caulking and weatherstripping.
One strategy for regulating the temperature of your home is to consider the direction your windows are facing with respect to each room. For example, if you have large, south-facing windows in your living room, they are likely responsible for a fair bit of heat gain. In the summer, you may find the room to be quite warm, especially during peak afternoon hours. In the winter, you can take advantage of natural heat gain using Low-E Glass.
Dualpane and Tripane Windows
Depending on how old your current windows are, it may be time for an upgrade. Just like with vehicles, furniture and other household goods, there often comes a time when it becomes more expensive to repair or maintain something than it would to replace it. Windows are no exception.
JELD-WEN windows are available in dualpane and tripane with the option of Low-E glass. These windows have multiple panes of glass for maximum insulation. Dualpane windows are ideal for temperate to mild climates, such as coastal or inland British Columbia. If you live in the prairies, and are dealing with extremely cold winters and hot summers, tripane windows with Low-E glass are a must.
If your windows are old or ill-functioning, and are only single pane, upgrading to tripane windows will not only increase your home comfort, but can significantly reduce your heating bill during the winter. They can also increase the value of your home. Learn more about tripane windows.
Once you’ve taken care of those air leaks, comfort engineered your home with the correct Low-E glass, and upgraded to dual or tripane windows, you should be all set to start enjoying the coziest season of the year.