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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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Ross Apperly
4 months ago
Northshield replaced 9 windows in our house. Our only complaint would be that the colour doesn't really match the sample we were shown. The woman we first encountered in the showroom was pleasant and helpful. There are only so many things she could tell us in the showroom but it was enough to convince us to book an appointment with a salesman. Walter, the fellow who came to our house, wasn't really a salesman at all and yet he knew exactly what he was doing. Answered all of our questions, clearly knew his business inside and out, was patient with us, made some really helpful suggestions, and just generally made us feel confident and comfortable. Next came Vladimir. He came to do the final measurements and to verify the details of each window. Another very very knowledgeable guy. Clearly an expert in his field and yet friendly and patient with us. The team of men who came to do the install were all very much polite and professional. Their workmanship is first rate. In the end, what I know is this, the new windows are in, the drafts and rattles from the old ones are gone, the price was fine, the quality is A1, and every single individual along our journey was a genuine pleasure to work with.
Oai Truong
a month ago
We chose Northshield because of the rave reviews on Google, but unfortunately the experience was a disappointment. The sales guy was nice enough, but like most suppliers in their industry, installation came 6 weeks past their original estimate, which was fine since we were not in a big rush, although we had to delay the painting of our kitchen because of it. The two big issues were: 1. To install our new patio doors, the opening had to be widened, which our sales guy mentioned, and which was fine to us. The problem came when the installers were on site and insisted that they did not need to replace the header. I know nothing about construction but luckily my colleagues told me to make sure that they install a new header because they were widening the doorway. Luckily I was home and I persisted that they install a new header, and after a while they finally realized that they needed to do it as well. They went off to the store to get the wood and the drywall and finished the job, which looked fine. 2. Only a few months later big cracks appeared along the new header. I called Northshield only to be told by Alex that my painter should've known that the patchwork on the header was very minimal and that "any professional painter should've known to make sure the drywall was ready to be painted." So they refused to do anything about it. I guess I should've said back to him "any professional installer should've known you need a new header when you widen a doorway!" So now I have a wall that I will need to re-patch and re-paint all over again. If you decide to use Northshield, please do your own research and make sure that you oversee their work, because they will never take responsibility for it, or admit that they didn't know what the heck they were doing.
emily s
3 months ago
Professional, clean, good customer service. Fast and efficient. No surprises or hidden costs, did not try to upsell me and worked within my budget. Very happy with the finished product and will continue to use in the future for replacing my remaining windows.
Patrick Touchette
4 months ago
Alex our salesman was great to work with and gave us very good information about our windows. The installation went smoothly and the windows look great and function well. Great customer service!
Albert Giesbrecht
a month ago
We had 4 windows installed by this company. The windows were installed in no time at all, and the guys were very professional and efficient. Love the windows and would recommend this company to anyone.
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