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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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Sanjay Tamang
2 months ago
Love our new windows and doors. We had all our windows replaced on the main floor, side door and front door, as well as the storm doors. The installation team was great. They removed the existing awning and were really great at cleaning up after the work. There were a couple of issues after the install, but the after sales service team of Alex and Walter were able to resolve it promptly. Great advice from Walter about keeping the humidity inside the house to maintain the windows, and also how to operate them properly. And thanks very much Alex and team for buying the doorbell and installing it for us, as well as fixing the bottom part of the door frames to cover holes on the flooring. Appreciate all your hard work and for going the extra mile. Will definitely recommend your company to friends, neighbors and family.
Thomas Carlyle
a week ago
NorthShield did an excellent job with our house. They were the lowest price our of 4 companies I contacted for quotes. The windows look beautiful, and the molding is very well done. The installation was very quick, they replaced all of the windows in our house in about 4 hours. They cleaned up everything completely afterwards inside and outside, you can't even tell they were here! Very professional, very high quality installation, materials and work. I would highkly recommend them.
Courtney Schappert
2 months ago
Likely a good company for windows, installers seemed competent. However for doors they seemed to have much less experience. My salesman left the company midway through the process and I wasn't informed, and turns out some miscommunication between him and I led to a product I didn't want. The door is nice, just not what I had thought I ordered, and it took about 4 months to get, so I accepted it. The paint also chipped after they left, which leaves a bad feeling (even though that's more of a manufacturer issue than NorthShield issue). I'm not saying these guys are going to be bad for you, but I'm not thrilled with my result. REPLY December 5, 2018: I had called about the paint chip and wrong door options already at the time and was told there was no recourse for me. The paint chip was there when I came home from work after the door was installed, but you provided a picture the installers took before the paint was chipped, so at that time I was told there was no recourse. The wrong options I was told was due to a salesman who took my order having left the company, and there was no paperwork showing my chosen option (no door handle hole to be cut). I will call again tomorrow and update this with the results of that conversation.
Carl To
4 months ago
Alex and the team at north shield were amazing. Great customer service, along with a great team of installers. North shield replaced my 2 front living room windows in 1 day. They even took away my awning! Highly recommended
Lois
3 months ago
Very professional workers that despite finding, no vapor barrier and wood rot on our deck, fixed it right and continued to install our very beautiful door and side light without complaint. I would highly recommend Northshield to any friends, neighbors or anyone else. I am a very Happy, Happy Gal with my beautiful new door!
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