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02
Oct
2017

Tips to Improve Window Energy Efficiency


Your windows are not only there to make your home look good. They also serve a practical purpose. They let in light and allow you to enjoy the view of the outdoors without letting the elements affect your indoor comfort. We have come a long way since single pane windows with metal or wooden frames. Today we have plenty of options that help us ensure that our windows make our homes that much more energy efficient! If you want to save as much as possible on your energy bill, here are some things to remember when it comes to your windows.

 

Low-E

Low Emissivity or Low-E coatings are great for limiting energy loss through your windows. These are thin layers that are virtually undetectable yet effective in reducing the flow of heat. This means that your home will be warmer in winter and cooler in summer! No matter the season, your home will be that much more comfortable with Low-E coated windows, and you'll definitely feel it!

 

Insulation

There are a number of ways of ensuring that your windows are properly insulated. These include draft snakes, caulking, rubber sealing, and magnetic inserts. There are even several ways of insulating without spending too much. The most important thing to remember is that the insulation needs to remain in tact in order to prove effective. Any damage or wear will mean that energy efficiency will be compromised.

 

Window Material

Different materials conduct differently. In other words, if you place a piece of metal, wood, and plastic in the sun, you will notice that they heat up at different rates. This is why it's so important to choose a window material with low conductivity. Vinyl is perfect for this very reason. It maintains a moderate temperature which means that it won't make your home cold in winter or hot in summer.

 

Installation

For windows to be effective in keeping the elements at bay, they need to be properly installed. A professional installation is the perfect answer to this problem. When a window is perfectly level, it will operate perfectly. This means that it will form the perfect seal when shut so that there is no air or water infiltration.

 

Hang Curtains

Another great way of keeping your home more comfortable throughout the year is by hanging curtains. When the light shines directly on your window, it might not penetrate as strongly but, over several hours, it can cause things like your floor and furniture to heat up. This heat will continue to be released even after the sun has set or moved away from that window. Close your curtains to prevent this and, if need be, you can use exterior shutters or awnings for extra sun protection.

When you are looking for the best windows for your home, look no further than NorthShield Windows and Doors. Our high-quality products offer superior energy-efficiency as well as style at an affordable price. Contact us today at Winnipeg (204) 272-3725!

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