When homeowners are looking to make their Toronto Annex real estate more energy efficient, most often they jump to the obvious first. They'll buy Energy Star appliances and unplug their vampire electronics. Replace their incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent ones. Stop leaving the refrigerator door open. That sort of thing. But did you know that installing new energy efficient windows can make a huge difference in the energy efficiency of your home?
Most people don't realize this, but the largest component of your energy use doesn't come from electrical plugs. It comes from your home heating system. Whether your system is gas, oil, or electric, someone somewhere is burning fossil fuels to heat your Etobicoke real estate. Therefore the less heat you use the more energy you save. And the best way to stop wasting heat in your home is to make sure everything is properly insulated.
Windows allow natural light in, provide emergency exits, and give great views, but they also lose heat much faster than the walls of your home. Modern energy efficiency technology has allowed us to reduce the amount of heat lost through the windows of the average piece of Thornhill real estate. To do this, they use a variety of methods, including low E coatings on the glass to reflect heat and light, inert gas instead of plain air between the panes, and a tighter fit between the window and the wall that all help to reduce the window's heat conduction factor.
In order to help consumers figure out which windows are more energy efficient, Energy Star also rates windows. While you're shopping for windows in the store, check out the Energy Star rating, which will rate each model on an efficiency scale that will help you compare it to other models. If you're still making your home plans, make sure the windows are Energy Star rated. If your home is already built but has windows that are 15 years old or older, it may be time to upgrade.
Buying new windows is expensive, but windows last upwards of 20 years, so you will be getting not only a new look for your Vaughan real estate but also two decades of energy savings and assisting the environment. You will notice the difference on your heating bill. For more immediate benefits, however, some provinces and municipalities offer tax breaks for homeowners who renovate to increase efficiency.