Keep winter OUT
Here it is again.
Snow. Cold. Energy bills.
It’s winter in Canada.
It can be beautiful, for sure. But some people prefer to look at winter outside their window. They like to remark on the loveliness of snow while they’re cozy and warm on the inside.
One of the best ways to keep that warmth and coziness is to update your windows. Good windows decrease energy costs in significant ways ‒ not just in winter, but in summer, too, when their job is to keep the heat out. Windows have a useful service life, often of about 20 years, after which you should consider replacement.
Ask your RenoMark renovator to explain the many benefits of upgraded and properly installed window systems. Chances are they will refer you to local window experts and manufacturers for detailed information that will help you to make the best choices. You will probably want to visit window showrooms.
The energy efficiency of the window you use; the glazing (e.g. low-emissivity glass), the coating, the ability to reflect heat into the room in winter (and block the heat of the sun with its damaging UV rays in summer), the presence of shades and many other attributes all impact your indoor environment in significant ways.
Windows come in all shapes, functions, sizes and looks, styles and materials. While the window design must suit your home, remember that a key feature is the energy efficiency of the window, its ability to keep warmth in and heat out. Today’s windows are made with highly advanced technology and quality.
When you’re replacing windows, you’ll also want to consider what sort of exteriors you will want ‒ aluminum clad, vinyl or wood, for instance. That’s a personal preference, but the important thing is that they will need little, if any, maintenance for years to come.
You might also want to consider skylights and sun tunnels ‒ especially lovely in dark spaces or in the dark days of winter. They’re like rays of sunshine beaming their way through your home no matter what the season or lighting.