When winter’s icy chill is upon us, temperatures drop and our heating bills skyrocket. But, there are a number of ways to keep you and your home from succumbing to the energy-robbing cold. Below we give you some tips on furnace maintenance, winter-proofing, and window films that can all contribute to increased comfort and greatly reduced energy bills.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “Ultraviolet radiation can travel through car and home windows, where it can contribute to the daily accumulation of sun exposure that can lead to skin cancer and photoaging”.
TIPS Reduce Costs
A few tips on saving energy at home include simple things such as making sure your furnace has a clean air filter, installing weather stripping or caulking to reduce cold air leaking into your home, and programming your thermostat to a lower temperature while you’re away and at night. Many new internet-connected thermostats like Nest or ecobee3 learn your preferences and your schedule. This means they reduce the heat when you are not around and maintain a comfortable temperature when you are home, which greatly reduces waste. Once you get beyond these simple ideas, some other more expensive options arise, such as installing a more efficient furnace, adding insulation to your attic or crawl space, or replacing windows.
The latter targets one of the major sources of heat loss in your home: your windows. Windows typically account for 25 percent of annual heating and cooling costs, but they can account for as much as 40 percent. However, there are ways to save energy with your windows without the major cost of replacing them. Installing Solar Energy Window Films to your home improves the efficiency of your windows and can be a more cost-effective energy saving option.
Okotoks area heritage homes are a prime example of how window films can be used to their true potential. Heritage homes have stringent guidelines on preserving their original window “look” which can be prohibitively expensive. The majority of these owners simply remove new windows from their heritage home renovation budget and they suffer from heat loss in winter, heat gain in summer and fading issues year-round. Installation does not alter the appearance while offering most of the energy conservation benefits one would get from new windows at a fraction of the cost.
Window films block harmful UV rays (99%) while reflecting solar energy to protect your house and keep it cool in the summer. But standard solar-control window films can have negative effects in the winter when you want to RETAIN heat. They block the sun’s warming rays from coming into your home and do nothing to keep the heat in. This is when we recommend high performance films as a year-round energy saving product. These window films act as an insulator that redirects radiant heat back into your home to keep more of it and your money from flying out the window.
High-quality films can add up to 88 percent more insulating power to the glass in your windows. From an efficiency standpoint, that essentially transforms your single-pane windows into double-pane windows without the sizeable cost of new windows. It also delivers savings to your monthly heating bill and helps lower cooling costs in summer too.
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