It seems that summer came and went in the blink of an eye! As the crisp fall air begins to set in, it is a reminder to homeowners to start thinking about their home’s heating costs. High energy costs are directly associated with your home’s insulation properties.
Block out the cold air, while locking in heat with these insulation tips.
Drafts can pose a costly problem all year round, however, this issue is more noticeable in the cooler months. When you feel drafts this could mean a number of things, including your exterior doors being out of alignment. The first step to eliminating drafts is to identify them! Our Ditch The Draft blog provides valuable tips on locating the source of the draft. After you have located the culprit, the next step is to eliminate the issue. This may include re-aligning your entry doors or having new windows or doors installed. When in doubt, reach out to the professionals! Our knowledgeable staff are here to field your window and door questions.
Weather stripping worries be gone! When preparing your home for the upcoming colder months, it is important to address weather stripping and caulking. This tip goes hand in hand with identifying drafts. Faulty weather stripping, or cracks in and around the window frame can let the cold air enter your home, creating a draft. Replacing the weather stripping around your doors and windows, and caulking around the framework will eliminate the potential for air to escape.
Acting as a first line of defense, your windows help to seal the exterior elements out of your home. If your home is equipped with double or triple pane windows (also known as double or triple glazed), then this point is for you. Double and triple pane windows have a clear, colourless and odourless gas in between the panes that act as an insulation barrier. Overtime the seals that lock in this gas can degrade or falter, causing them to lose insulation value and not function as intended. While this is not solely an indication of energy loss, any component of your window that is not functioning properly could impact your home’s energy efficiency in the long run.
The biggest player in your home’s energy efficiency is your windows and doors. As your home ages so do your windows, and this can mean that your window technology is out of date and not providing the best insulation value. Investing in products that create energy efficiency will not only lower you energy bills for years to come, but help to seal in the warm air and keep you toasty all winter long.