Ottawa winters have a well-deserved reputation for being harsh, not to mention the frequent winter winds that are their hallmark. Heating becomes a pertinent concern, and so do heating bills. However, many are not aware that your windows could be the reason why your heating bills are reaching astronomical levels. Air leaks from your windows create drafts that cause your indoor heating mechanism to work harder to maintain temperature, increasing heating costs. Protecting and insulating your windows in Ottawa from the cold winter is the key to keeping the home warm and saving on energy bills.

Change to Insulated Curtains

During winter, swap out sheers and lightweight curtains for heavier and insulated curtains to keep the cold air out.  Materials such as lace, linen and cotton are not heavy enough to keep cold air out. Go for several layers to stop the chilly air. If you looking for advanced options, you can go for energy-efficient curtains; these have a reflective film later to keep heat within the room.

Replace Weather-stripping

Replace faulty weather stripping before winters arrive. Doing so can help prevent air leaks. Drafty windows will overwork the HVAC system driving up your energy bills. To identify worn-out weather stripping, light an incense stick and move it along the edges of your window frames. If the smoke is blown into the room or sucked out, there is a draft in that area, Replace the weather stripping to stop the air leaks to keep the home comfortable and lower your energy bill. 

Caulk Window Seals

Cracks, gaps, and sash around your windows will allow in cold air. You must create proper seals around your window frames, and for that you can re-caulk your windows. Use store-bought caulking material to create waterproof sealant around cracks in your windows. First, a putty knife to remove the old caulk material. You can then begin applying new caulk. Give the new caulk at least 24 hours to harden and create a durable seal. 

Put Foam in the Frames

If your windows or the frame have gaps that are bigger than two inches, then caulk will not work to create air seals. For bigger gaps, you need spray foam that expands to fill them in. Make sure you buy window and door gap filler since it contracts and expands with temperature change ensuring there is no damage to your window frames. 

Add Plastic Film

Install a plastic insulating film over the entire window if you have poor performing single-pane windows. Adding the plastic film is like adding an extra glass pane to the window. The plastic film is inexpensive and easy to install. 

Replace Cracked Windows

If your window panes have cracks, consider patching them or replacing them.  Cold weather especially the snow and chilly wind will make the cracks widen and even make the glass panes shatter. 

Install Storm Windows

Add a storm window for extra protection especially here in Ottawa where temperatures reach sub-freezing. Storm windows are usually installed on top of existing windows for extra insulation and wind protection. 

Get Energy Efficient Windows

Lower your energy bills and cut back on repair costs by installing new energy-efficient windows. Newer windows are made using advanced materials that offer superior insulation against cold weather. Energy efficient windows ensure year-round comfort in the home and lower heating costs. 

You should consider changing your old windows for more energy-efficient window options. Centennial Glass has energy-efficient windows that will save you up to 50% of your energy bills. 

Count on Centennial Glass this winter!

If the windows of your Ottawa home are not as efficient anymore or you need window repair, contact Centennial Glass today! We offer the best window service in the Ottawa area and have a range of energy-efficient windows and replacement window options to keep your home warm. Talk to one of our experts today to find the perfect fit for your home.