Winterizing your Calgary windows and doors

Whether it’s higher prices for electricity, the new Alberta carbon tax, or operating your fireplace during winter months, keeping warm can cost more than we bargained for. Even if you old or new Calgary windows and doors, the A two Z Windows & Doors team has a few ways you can still save money.

If you live in a an older home with average windows that ultimately need replacing, here are 10 easy steps to lower your costs this coming winter until the time comes for full replacement by the A two Z team:

  1. Sign up for an equalized payment plan with your energy provider. This allows you to have regular costs that are predictable and more manageable, especially during cold snaps that spike usage and costs.
  2. Lower your thermostat by 4 to 5 degrees during the day when you’re not at home. Automatic thermostats, including those managed remotely through your cell phone, can boost the heat when you drive home so the house is warm when you arrive.
  3. Keep your furnace well maintained, and clean or replace the filter often. Close off any vents in rooms that are not occupied as often so you save energy usage.
  4. Set your water heater at no more than 60 degrees C or 140 degrees F if you have a dishwasher.
  5. Seal or caulk around all your windows, door frames, window sills and joints.
  6. Ensure that all light fixtures, heating ducts, ceiling fans, plumbing stack, and exhaust fans are air sealed either from the attic or ceiling side and caulking or air/vapour barrier.
  7. Check to see if all siding, stucco, paint is in good condition. If there are any uncommon cracks, crumbling or stains on the exterior, it may indicated moisture is gathering in behind. This should be checked, repaired and sealed before winter shows up.
  8. Seal all exterior basement walls around the joists are filled with more than two inches of insulation to prevent drafts and heat loss.
  9. Consider replacing older windows with new energy efficient models.
  10. Weatherstrip or caulk all windows effectively, and for those very vulnerable to heat loss, use heat-shrink plastic on the windows. Keep blinds down during cold windy days to keep the draft minimized.

The average Alberta household uses 129 gigajoules of energy in their home. Lower your amount by using common sense to keep warm, safe and energy smart. When it comes time to replace your Calgary windows and doors to boost your home’s value and energy efficiency, give A two Z Windows & Doors a call at 403-257-DOOR (3667) or email us.

 

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