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Winnipeg has some harsh winters with very cold temperatures and plenty of snow. You'll be tempted to pile on the blankets and crank up the heat to try to make your home a cozy oasis from the cold. Yet if your home isn't ready for it, you'll end up paying hundreds more than you have to in energy bills because all that hot air will be leaking outside (and the cold air will be leaking inside). In the worst case scenarios, you'll keep turning up the heat but won't ever feel warm enough.
Here are a few things you can do to "winter proof" your home and make it more energy-efficient (and make the temperatures inside more stable):
Install Vinyl Windows
Traditional windows provide no more than a thin strip of glass between your home and the outside world. They offer almost no protection for your home. The cold and heat can transfer easily through the glass. By installing vinyl windows, you'll be adding another layer of insulation to your home.
Vinyl windows have two and three panes of glass instead of one, and those panes are additionally padded by pockets of inert gas. Depending on what type of windows you had before, you can save hundreds of dollars a year in energy costs by choosing vinyl windows.
Check Your Insulation
Not all insulation is created equal. Some offers better protection than others, and some can break down over time, leaving your home with less protection. Consult with a contractor to inspect your insulation and make sure it is offering your home the protection you need. You may want to upgrade to insulation with a greater R factor or to a higher grade of insulation, such as foam insulation.
Check All the Seals
Sometimes, all you need to do to make your home more energy-efficient is to restore the seals around your windows, doors, and vents. You may need to replace the weather stripping, or you may need to apply new caulking. This is a job you can do yourself, or you can work with a contractor to ensure that nothing is missed.
There may be many other things you can do to make your Winnipeg home more efficient, and an energy audit can reveal the best strategies. If you are interested in vinyl windows, make sure you choose the best vinyl windows in Winnipeg to get great deals and long-lasting performance.