The holidays are here and in Mississauga, that means three things; family, food, and a certain spike in your energy bill. Unfortunately, a drop in temperature means a rise in bills as homeowners attempt to keep their home warm and toasty. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way! You can enjoy the holidays without dreading the expensive bill that’s coming around the corner. The key is paying a little more attention to your windows this year. It’s estimated that nearly 60% of the energy wasted in the average North American household escapes through the windows and doors. This means just a little bit of forward planning can really go a long way! Here are some tips to check if your windows are ready for winter.
Think Back to Past Winters
It’s normal to escape the winter time to be cold, but if your home seems to be freezing no matter what efforts you take, then there is a likely a problem with the insulation in your home. Stop and consider past winter seasons to get a clue as to whether or not your windows are prepared for the cold.
Look for Perspiration
Sometimes finding out whether or not your windows are prepared for winter is as simple as looking at the glass. If you find there are drops of moisture trapped between the glass panes in your window, it’s likely they have absorbed excess moisture. This type of weather damage typically leads to rotting or distorting of the frame that causes drafts and gaps. Once these drafts and gaps have appeared, you can bet your heating efforts are heading straight out the windows.
A Simple Candle Test
If you can’t detect drafts in your window by simply standing near it, you can always try a simple candle test to help determine how well your windows are insulating your home. Just take a lit candle (or a lighter) and pass it in front of the frame of your window. Slowly hold the flame in front of the entirety of your window frame and see if any areas cause the frame to flicker, or worse, completely go out. If you notice movement with the flame, chances are there’s a draft to deal with.
Know How Difficult it is to Open and Close Your Window
You can also get a fair judge of insulation by simply checking how difficult it is to open and close your windows. If there seems to be some resistance when attempting to move your windows, it’s highly likely that they won’t close all the way, meaning a fair share of your heating efforts will escape from your home.
There are a number of methods and techniques that can be used to better insulate your Mississauga, Ontario windows. Unfortunately, most of these methods are both expensive and short lived. The best you can do is stop by Magic Windows to find quality windows that will insulate your home any time of year. To start saving on winter bills today, give us a call at 1-866-656-2442. You can also swing by our showroom at 75 Rowntree Dairy Road Woodbridge, ON L4L 6C8.