Five Ways to Keep Cold Air From Coming Through Your Windows
Energy Star Rated Windows
- The window was manufactured by an Energy Star partner.
- The window is tested and certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC)
- The NFRC ratings confirm the window meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- Quality frame materials – The manufacturers use high-quality materials that improve insulation by reducing heat transfer.
- Multiple panes – Most Energy Star windows feature two panes with air or gas in between them. Some windows even have three or more panes that are excellent for sound insulation and better impact resistance.
- Low-emissivity glass – Low E-glass helps you keep the heat in during winter and out during summer. Since they also reflect UV light, the windows prevent your furniture from fading.
- Gas filling – Some Energy Star windows have gas fillings such as argon or krypton between two panes. They are completely non-toxic and provide better insulation than just air.
- Warm edge spacers – The spacers keep two windows panes apart at a distance that guarantees insulation and reduces heat transfer.
Canada Greener Home Grant
- Replace existing windows with Energy Star certified models for $125 per opening.
- Replace existing windows with Energy Star Most Efficient models for $250 per opening.
- One household can apply for one grant.
- The grant is provided after replacing the windows, so you need to have the money to cover the upgrades.
- You can’t apply if your house was built six months prior.
- All products used for upgrades need to be purchased in Canada.
- You need to get a pre-fit inspection and pass an evaluation after upgrading to get the grant.