When it comes to windows, whether they are old or recently replaced, there are some things every Toronto homeowner can benefit from knowing. Did you know that 30% of your home’s cooling and heating is lost through the doors and windows? This is why weather-proofing is so important. This guide will bring you up to speed on weather-proofing your windows for any kind of Toronto weather, from the coldest winters to the hottest summers, and all the seasons in between.
Make the most of the nice spring weather by taking the time to wash your windows, cleaning them thoroughly both inside and out. Another good idea is to change out your heavy winter drapes for light, airy curtains. (Be sure to wash them, first)!
Of course, with all the flowers blooming and coming to life again, so do allergies. If you have to spend every spring day with your box of tissues within easy reach, you’ll know what we mean. The single most effective move you can make against allergies is to install new windows. Old, leaky windows are practically an open door for mold spores, pollen, and dust, so replacing them is well worth the expense. Brock Doors & Windows offers a wide variety of energy efficient windows that will keep the pollen out and let in the light.
You may not realize it, but your window blinds make a real difference as to the amount of heat that gets into your house. Install blinds or curtains with a white surface facing out, and you will stay much cooler. Applying window film to your windows can also do a great job of reflecting solar heat. Just as windows are the point where the most heat escapes during winter, they are also the main route for the summer heat to invade your home. What can you do to prevent this? Energy efficient windows are the way to go, especially if you want to reduce your energy costs.
As the outside temperature drops in the fall, we stay cozy inside our warm homes and so will pests, like rodents and insects, if we don’t take the proper precautions. No matter their size, your best defense against these invaders is to seal off all their entry points to your house. Amazingly, a mouse can enter your home through a hole no bigger than a dime, so don’t overlook even the tiniest of openings. Cover any vents with screens, and look for any place where light is coming through and seal up any cracks around the door and windows with caulk and weather-stripping.
One way to winter-proof your windows, especially if you don’t like the look of window film, is to hang insulated curtains. In addition to providing insulation, they can also serve to block sound and light. But remember, nothing works as well as replacement windows. When you’re ready to replace your old windows, Brock Doors & Windows is here with all the industry-leading options to help you install high quality Toronto replacement windows that are masters at keeping the weather out.