6 Tips For Keeping Your Home Warm This Winter

There’s no better feeling than sitting inside in your warm living room on a cold winter day, wearing a pair of cozy slippers and watching a holiday flick. That is, if your home isn’t letting that pesky cold in.

If you’re feeling the chill in your home this winter, here are some tips for sending it right back out so you can comfortably finish Elf for the fiftieth time.

1. Get yourself a humidifier

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Humidity can make a room feel much warmer than it actually is. It’s a relatively inexpensive one-time purchase that will help combat the cold and in the long run, be the much more affordable option to jacking up the heat in your place.

2. Close your curtains at night…

Believe it or not, your curtains can be effective in keeping warm air from escaping through the windows. Closing them at night allows them to act as an extra layer of insulation and helps keep the room warm. This can also reduce condensation on your windows.

3. …But keep them open during the day

Contrary to the last tip, try opening your blinds during the day to let the sun heat your home up, especially on south-facing windows. Although it’s cold outside, the concentrated heat from the sun can really warm up the room. The natural heat can also save you a bit of money on your next energy bill.

4. Replace poorly insulated windows

Especially in Canada’s cold winter climate, the integrity of your windows can be the difference between a cold home and a warm one. Dated or poorly insulated windows will allow too much of your home’s warm air to seep through the cracks, leaving a semi-permanent chill in your place. Polar’s triple-pane windows are designed to keep the cold out. If you’re due for a window replacement, we’ll make sure your home receives the care it deserves.

5. Replace poorly insulated doors

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Just like poorly insulated windows, a dated entry door can let in cold drafts that are sure to jack up your heating bill. In the long run, you’ll end up paying much more on energy bills than you would on the actual door, so save yourself the cash. Polar doors are built for Canadian climates, meaning you won’t have to ruin perfectly good towels by stuffing them under your current doors to deal with those cool drafts anymore.

6. Move your furniture to warm spots

Maximize your warmth potential by finding the warmest spots in your house and hanging out in them. Got a fireplace? Centre your furniture around it. See a warm vent overhead? Guess you just found a great new spot for that ottoman you never really sit on. You may end up finding that your furniture is now strewn about your place in a strange fashion, but as Canadians, we’ll do whatever we can to combat the treacherous outdoor freeze.

Looking for a new door or set of windows? Book your free, in-home consultation today.

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How Thermal Imaging Works On Your Windows

What is Thermal Imaging?

Thermal imaging converts hot and cold air into a visually measurable format using heat-sensitive infrared technology. On our thermographic imaging cameras, hotter points appear as a bright yellow or white colour. Cold points appear as a medium to deep navy blue. We use this technology to measure the energy efficiency of your windows and how well they maintain optimal home temperatures all year round.

How We Use Thermal Imaging

Windows allow the greatest transfer of air and temperature at the joints and corners. With our camera, we take infrared measurements of the temperature at different points of the window. We take readings from both the interior and exterior of your home to help us determine the relative energy efficiency on both sides. The thermal images of your older windows can show significant heat loss along the outer edges. Taking these measurements of your windows allows us to determine which of your windows we should replace first.

After Installing Your Windows

After we install your new Polar windows, we take measurements of the same locations to compare the results against your old windows. We then use these infrared images to reaffirm your window is sealed and check for possible defects. The interior temperature of your home should be significantly improved, with all windows consistently scoring higher than 80% in terms of their insulation power. We can then determine the Energy Rating (ER) of your windows through the amount of solar heat gain and heat loss due to air leakage.

In the summer, our thermographic imaging camera can reveal that cool air is kept inside your home while hot air remains outside. Polar windows use a special solar block to prevent radiant heat from entering your home and increasing its interior temperature.

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Know the Basics When Shopping for Windows

When you’re in the market for new windows, it can feel a little daunting. There’s a lot of factors to consider, so it’s best to do a little research before you start your shopping. In addition to researching what style and material of window you’re interested in, you should also do some browsing in order to familiarize yourself with current prices. Let’s take a look at a few of these considerations, so you can be on top of your game.

Savings

As energy costs continue to rise, it is common for people to be on the lookout for ways to save. One great way to cut down on the costs of heating and cooling your house is investing in quality windows. If your windows are at least 20 years old, it’s probably time for you to start thinking about replacements. This could also be the perfect time to make the switch to energy-efficient windows so you can start saving on energy costs!

There have recently been several advancements in energy efficient window materials. The new low-emissivity systems allow the warmth of the sun in during the day, while also retaining that heat at night, making them a wonderful benefit to any house during the cold winter months.

Though a bit more expensive, triple glazing also offers energy savings, and it also prevents condensation, which can cause mold and mildew. Previously only available in the coldest areas in the country, triple glazing offers some of the best insulation available to windows in today’s market.

Cleaning

Cleaning older windows can be frustrating. No matter how hard you try, they still look dirty! Getting new windows will give you a cleaning advantage from the start, but if you choose the right style, could also make your cleaning process easier in the long run. Whether you are replacing or installing a new window, there a number of styles you can choose from including sliding, double-hung, casement, or even glass block. It is easy to get carried away when shopping, but you don’t want to forget about the level of difficulty when cleaning each style. If you’d prefer windows that are easier to clean, you might want to consider double-hung or casement windows that are more accessible and require less intricate work. Some of these styles can be rotated, tilted or cranked out for cleaning.

Resale Value

Energy savings always sound good, and upgrading may enhance the resale value of the home, especially if your current windows are damaged or appear to be aging. Consider sales trends in your neighborhood to determine if expenses will be covered when you sell.

If your windows are aged, you can afford to upgrade your windows to save energy, and you plan to stay in your home for sometime, then it would be a wise decision to start looking into new windows! In addition, changing to a new style can improve the looks of the home, provide more fresh air, and make cleaning a snap!

 

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Five Steps To A More Energy Efficient Home This Winter

As the temperature outside plummets, your home’s energy consumption climbs higher and higher. In order to keep the house comfortable, your furnace has to work overtime. In the modern technical age, the natural inclination is to think that the only solution is to upgrade your furnace. Fortunately, a few simple fixes can power up the effectiveness of your heating system with ease, creating a more energy efficient home at a fraction of the cost.

Fix Air Leaks

As the walls of your house expand and contract each season, little gaps will eventually begin to form in certain spots. This occurs most frequently where there are gaps in the wall, such as door frames, windows and outlets. On a cold, windy day these gaps will be easy to spot. Simply run your hand slowly along the frame of every door and window, and put a piece of tape at any spot where you feel cold air leaking in. Then, purchase a cheap caulking gun and seal every leak. This caulking will allow the house to better retain heat, thus reducing the number of times the furnace comes on each day.

Clean Air Filters

One of the biggest keys to an energy-efficient home is proper airflow. Dirty air filters restrict airflow, preventing the warm air produced by your filter from circulating effectively. Check your filters every month and change them at least once every three months to promote the best possible air circulation.

Seal Duct Leaks

Have your ductwork checked for leaks along the seams leading to the vents. This will ensure that no airflow is lost before the warm air enters your living space.

Programmable Thermostat

If you do not have a programmable thermostat, you are throwing money away each time you fiddle with the temperature. Programming allows the thermostat to keep the house comfortable during the times when people are active, and then give the unit a break when everyone is at work or asleep. Additionally, be sure to have the thermostat hold a lower temperature when you will be gone for longer than 12 hours.

Proper Pan Size

Creating an energy-efficient home extends beyond the heating system. Your stove has different burner sizes for a reason. When you use a smaller pan on a large burner, you are wasting the energy of any burner space not completely covered by the pan. Furthermore, if you use a large pan on a small burner, you will dramatically increase the cook time. This means that the burner will be on longer, consuming more energy.

Remember that energy efficiency is about the long term investment. Each small step you take may only save a few dollars this month, but that money adds up over time. Also keep in mind that when machines run more efficiently, they last longer. Getting a few more years out of your furnace could be a difference of several thousand dollars over your lifetime.

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