With winter approaching it’s important to prepare your home. Drafts or leaks can make the winter season in your home uncomfortable, and even cause susceptibility to illness. Proper preparation does more than keep you warm and snug, it can lead to significant energy savings. Here are some tips to help you stay warm this winter, without running up your heating bill.
One or two drafts can cost you serious money! A leak or draft can decrease your home’s energy efficiency by anywhere from five to thirty percent. To find the source of leaks and drafts check where two different building materials meet, for example: corners or frames. If a visual inspection does not yield results another option is an incense test. Light a candle or a stick of incense and hold it in front of your window or door. If the smoke wavers, then you could have cold air sneaking in.
Improve your window’s ability to seal out the cold by scraping away old caulking and applying new caulking. To do this, first clean the dirt from the window with soapy water and then wipe dry. Apply fresh caulk around the window frame and siding. For the best results, use exterior grade caulk, either one hundred percent silicone sealant or acrylic caulk that will last for years.
Once you are finished caulking outside, you can move inside and begin weather stripping to seal around the sash – which is the movable parts of the window that opens and closes. Although there are many options for weather stripping, one of the easiest are window insulation kits. These large sheets of adhesive plastic cover your window, insulating it, and when properly installed are virtually invisible. The one drawback is that you cannot open your windows until spring.
Like your windows, you can improve your door’s insulating power by looking for drafts and leaks. Then solve those issues by caulking the exterior and working on your door’s frame. However, it is also important to check your door’s alignment; adjusting the hinges and strike plates if necessary.
Even though replacing your windows and doors is an investment, it’s an investment that proves its worth because it will increase your home’s energy efficiency. This increased efficiency will save you money.
Consider Thermo-Bilt windows. They are made of low-emissivity glass, which has a thin metallic coating that reflects heat back to its source. Thermo-Bilt windows also breaks down organic material, which allows in more light. Allowing more light in reduces the need for energy consumption. Thermo-Bilt doors are also built with energy efficiency in mind, no matter the material.
There are many ways to identify areas that are draining your home’s energy efficiency. However, it is important to recognize when the simple fixes are not enough. Consider Thermo-Bilt windows and doors if you are looking to invest in your home’s energy efficiency.
Seeking out window replacement companies can be as challenging as purchasing a new vehicle. It’s the type of decision-making you don’t have to face often. For most people, they only have to consider window replacements a handful of times in their life meaning, they're probably not too experienced with the whole ordeal. Well, we’ve provided a helpful list of the 5 most important things to look for when inquiry with window replacement companies. Here they are:
Most people consider replacing their windows with new ones to improve both their homes aesthetics and to lower their energy consumption. With rising energy costs, everyone loves seeing savings on their energy bills. Replacing your windows is one very effective way to improve how your home retains heat and keeps the cold air out. Just a friendly tip that insulated windows that make your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer
When considering various window types, it’s important to inquire if the windows are self-cleaning. Yes, there are windows that are self-cleaning! It’s a great option to avoid having to pay high costs for professional window cleaners or having to labour over doing it yourself. Coated windows practically clean themselves and provide better insulation.
Furthermore, your home will be exposed to the outside elements while your windows are being installed. It’s important to find a company who can complete the installation in one-day. It would not be ideal to have gaping holes overnight, where your windows are supposed to be.
Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors can offer you all of these benefits. For more information or to obtain a free quote, contact Thermo-Bilt. We service Markham and the GTA area, located at 3790 Victoria Park Ave #203 in Toronto or 16 Esna Park Drive #106 in Markham.
Our services include: Window Replacement Services Window Installation Services Door Installation Services Door Replacement Services Planning and Designing Rebates and Financing Support
We’re happy to answer any questions and provide our best recommendation for your home’s window and door replacement needs, give us a call today.