Winters in Canada are rough for most homeowners in Ontario. Heavy snow and freezing temperatures are common from late November to early April across Toronto and the GTA. It is the season when both you and your house need proper insulation to survive the harsh climate.
We are Canadians, so we are used to enduring blizzards as if they were Mediterranean breezes. However, a house that lacks proper protection may not handle the Canadian winter that well. If you are behind with winter preparation for your home, these tips on how to winterize your windows should help you get everything in order before the cold season gets underway.
Why you should winterize your windows
Making sure that your windows have optimal insulation will keep you and your family warm throughout the winter. It will also help you save money on heating systems, which will not have to work at full steam ahead and non-stop for five to six months a year. Therefore, they will last longer, and you won’t have to replace worn out parts too often.
Winterizing your windows makes your home more energy-efficient. It helps you identify where cold air is leaking into your house and which rooms are colder. It will minimize the draft and make your home more comfortable during those long and cold winter nights.
Here are some of the most effective ways to get weather-tight windows:
Insulation with weather stripping
This technique helps you fill in the gaps between your windows and their frames with weatherstrips that prevent the cold air from coming into your home. These weatherstrips are generally made from aluminum, felt, or rubber. They vary in thickness and color, and you can find numerous products on the market that come in all shapes and sizes.
Winter strips are easy to apply on your windows to enhance insulation even if you have minimal experience in DIY projects.
Use low-cost window film
If you have a small budget for winterizing your windows, there is always the cost-effective option of sealing your windows with plastic film. It is not the most elegant method, but it should increase insulation for the upcoming winter.
All you need is to stretch a piece of plastic film across the window and use a blow-dryer to tighten the seal. This method should prevent the cold from blowing freely into your home.
Invest in top-quality windows
One of the best ways to winterize your windows is to replace your old windows with top-quality ones. It might require you to go a bit over the budget, but this kind of investment will last you for decades to come.
The latest generation in window technology ensures the perfect combination of insulation, ventilation, energy efficiency, and ease of operation.
You may opt for windows with a multi-point locking system that provides a weather-tight seal and advanced protection against even the worst winter storms. They not only make your house warm and toasty, but they also enhance its security.
There you have it! Three effective tips to winterize your windows and keep your house warm throughout the Canadian winter.
Speak to a representative and get started with winterizing your windows today.