The perils of Winnipeg weather are well known; it’s really cold in the winter and really hot in the summer. We mitigate these extreme temperatures by preparing our homes for each season; we run the furnace or the air conditioner, we make sure our homes are well-insulated, and we make sure every space is well ventilated, so that the temperature stays the same in each room. What might often be neglected, especially in old homes, is the effect that windows and doors have on home insulation. According to Manitoba Hydro, windows and doors can contribute to up to 25% of your home heating loss; they contribute to cooling loss, as well.
Replacing old windows and doors increases your overall comfort; good insulation means you’ll stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. That’s not all – think about how much that 25% is costing you! That’s 25% more energy spent each season in order to keep your house the right temperature, a possible 25% increase in your climate control related energy costs. Over time, that’s a lot of money. That’s why Manitoba Hydro offers a Home Energy Efficiency Loan for homeowners looking to replace their windows and doors. There’s a few criteria you need to meet to qualify, though.
For windows, you need features like triple pane glazing and a minimum Energy Rating (ER) of 34. The windows we offer at Polar have an ER of 43, well above the minimum standard. We’ll cover exactly what ER means on a different blog post, but the long and short of it is that 50 is the maximum ER, and 43 means you’re saving a heck of a lot on energy costs each year. Hydro also requires that the loan must be for the homeowner, and that your account with them must be in good standing. The loan is for a maximum of $7500, and is payable over the course of 5 years.
When you choose Polar Windows and Doors, that loan can be put to incredibly good use; your energy bill will go down. Our Power Glass™ technology reflects 90% of radiant heat back to the source; that means your house stays warm in the winter, and cold in the summer. We also offer a lifetime, transferable guarantee on most of our wares; that’s how confident we are in our product and installation.
How are we so confident in our abilities? Well, we were founded in Winnipeg, for Winnipeg. The entire premise behind our company is that Winnipeg’s climate was not well-suited to the windows that were available when we were founded, so we developed our own techniques and products in order to create maximum energy savings for Winnipeggers. Over the course of this blog, we’ll go over a lot of the different tips and tricks for your windows, as well as some of the secrets of what makes Polar Windows so special; stay with us.