If you’re older than 40, you remember a time when your parents commanded that you move away from the windows of your home. “You’ll catch your death of cold.”
Yes, windows were full of drafts and not a place to linger. Yet we all loved sitting next to them come fall or winter, basking in the light of the sun. It made us feel good!
Let’s hope you’re not giving your kids the same warnings today, as they peer out your windows to see the world. If you have, it means your windows aren’t so great. Heat will try to escape, and cold will come in. It’s just nature doing its work. And surprise, surprise, energy is leaking out of every window new or old in your home. All we can do is slow the rate of energy transfer. And we do that with well-manufactured doors and windows.
How Do You Stop the Cash Outflow?
Winter heating and summer air conditioning bills can soar. Calculate how much you’re paying on a yearly basis and multiply that by 20 for your long term losses. That’s how many dollars will float out your windows over the next 20 years if natural gas prices remain where they are. But we do know they will rise.
You can stop a lot of that loss with new windows. And you don’t want to buy cheap windows because they break down. From hardware that cracks and breaks to windows seals that break and let moisture in, they’ll find a way to let you down. Check out our tips on how to buy windows that will help you save money.
Energy Star Ratings for Windows
For best energy performance, you need to look for windows with a high ER rating. All windows will have them, possibly with a sticker, but if not the manufacturer will be able to tell you what their energy efficiency rating is.
What’s complicated about living here in Canada, is your windows go from really cold in the winter to hot in the summer. New windows use a glazing layer on the glass to reflect sunlight, however it may let the heat and light through when the Sun is low in the sky. When it’s higher in the sky the window does a good job of reflecting the light and heat.
In winter, the sun is lower in the sky which means more light will permeate the glass. In summer with the high sun, it will do a good job of reflecting light and heat away. The way to handle the low sun in summer is by planting hardwood trees to the west of your home. Their leaves will block the light in summer and in winter without leaves, will let it through.
The best windows may be casement and awning windows where there is a latch that compresses the compression gasket. Most heat is lost through the space between the sash and the frame, but it’s also lost through the area between the frame and the insulated glass section.
Higher quality windows have high ratings in solar heat gain coefficiency, and a lower u-Factor rating.
We fabricate our own windows here in Stouffville and we also carry the high quality Pella brand windows as well. If maximum savings and comfort are what you’re looking for, choose the triple pane models which have the ratings. And if you need to talk about replacement window financing, give us a call and we may be able to help.
So go ahead, put a chair right by your window and tell your kids to stay there. Now you’ll have even more comfort.