Winter is coming to a close, which means spring and summer are on the horizon. With the days getting longer, it is a good time to consider the energy efficiency of your home. One of the most effective ways you can make your home more energy efficient is by improving the performance of your windows. Regardless of if your windows are brand new or decades old, there are steps you can take to improve their heat rejection and retention.
Window films can improve the insulation of any window by up to 50%, which means big savings for you. There are many types of window film, each with their own advantages.
Seal Gaps: This is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to improve the insulation of your windows, especially if your windows are older. To find any gaps, shine a flashlight at your windows at night and see where the light comes through. Use caulking or weather stripping to complete the seal around your windows.
Install Double Glazing: Double-glazed windows have two layers of glass separated by a layer of air. This helps keep warm air in the home and cold air out. It also helps reduce the amount of noise from the outside, and reduces indoor condensation. The main issue with this path is the high cost of complete window retrofitting. Which is why we usually recommend:
Window Films: It is truly amazing that an ultra-clear layer of polymer could have such a dramatic effect on the efficiency of your home. Window films can improve the insulation of any window by up to 50%, which means big savings for you. There are many types of window film, each with their own advantages. UV-filtering solar films are popular, as they improve the insulation of your home and protect your rugs and furnishings against fading and sun damage, all while remaining nearly invisible and bringing natural light into your home. We help Calgary residents update their windows every day, if you have any questions we would love to walk you through the right product for you. Be in touch anytime.
These are just three of the ways that you can make your home more energy efficient, without having to break the bank or engage in time-consuming renovations. Each of these measures will keep your home at a more consistent internal temperature, which makes your home more comfortable while lightening the load on heating and cooling systems.