Replacing old windows / Guides

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...Windows, Replace or Repair? We often get asked if it is a good idea to replace old windows with new and better performing windows to save money. Usually to the surprise and relief of homeowners we most often tell them to stick with the ones they've got. Not to say that the idea of replacing windows is always 'green w...

Suspended-film insulating glass windows are high-performance windows
Windows and doors

Suspended-film insulating glass windows - A definitive guide for these high-performance windows

...windows? There is not a clear answer as to "which are the best windows" for your house, whether that’s a new house or you are replacing old windows when renovating a home. There are too many variables to offer a one-size-fits-all answer, but that is the case with every component of a high-performance green home. Th...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...Replacing windows when renovating a home: Windows will likely need replacing if you are considering a rebuild or tear-down of your home . They don’t last forever, and if a house is old enough to consider demolishing then it is unlikely the windows are worth keeping, at least for a home in cold or humid zones. There a...

ProductiveHouse in Montreal
Choosing where to live

Green living in the city

...windows and doors , replacing old inefficient doors and windows, install electronic thermostats and dimmer switches, install water-reducing and dual flush toilets (see our data sheet), choose ENERGY STAR certified appliances, these upgrades will offer a net savings by reducing your monthly bills. Using low or zero VO...

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

...windows. Before getting all gung-ho about replacing windows, a seasonal solution can be covering them with a thin sheet of plastic; that will prevent heat loss, reduce air leaks, and as a bonus you'll be able to see outside. Poorly performing windows will also make a home feel drafty and cold when you're near them, s...

Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

Product feature: window film treatment to reflect heat and lower air conditioning bills

...old surfaces of windows act as a dehumidifier does, causing humidity from the air to condense into droplets then run down and damage window sills as well as drain into walls. Saving on window replacement A common misconception in home renovations is that money can be saved by replacing old windows. In Reality, rare...

$40k Interest-Free Loans for Green Home Renos, How to Apply Canada 2021
Grants and incentives

Greener Homes interest-free loan scheme 2021 Canada - the ultimate guide

...old finished basement! Learn the best way to renovate and insulate basements here . Another big ticket item for energy efficient home upgrades is replacing windows, but that is rarely going to offer a return on investment within your lifetime. It may cost 20K to replace old windows in a house, and you may only save 5...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...windows and doors, and see where your efforts are best spent. Pay particular attention to deadbolt and door lock striker plate holes running into the wall cavity. Plastic on windows: If you have old leaky windows , as a temporary winter fix for a few bucks per window you can put a thin sheet of plastic over them that...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...windows, is that it can also happen when there's simply too much humidity in a home. As noticed most often in the colder months of the year when it meets the cold glass of bedroom windows, as cooling air becomes unable to hold as much moisture, it condenses. So, at it's simplest, condensation on windows is the result...