That Cold Air Your Feel Blasting Through Your Windows Isn’t ‘Normal’ and You Can Cut Down on Heat Loss January 14, 2015 Winter roared in like an angry lion. The first arctic blasts blew in and left millions of Canadians zipping up their coats, pulling on their gloves, and covering their faces with a scarf. Yes, we’ve been through this before and we’ll go through it again year after year. Growing accustomed to certain weather conditions, like a brutal winter, means that you begin to take certain things for granted. One of those could be the cold drafts pushing through your old, outdated windows. You might not even notice these drafts until the really cold air hits for the first time and you happen to be sitting right beside the window. Maybe you were lying in bed and could have sworn someone had a fan on somewhere in the room. The cold air blows past you and the colder it is outside, the faster it moves. You check the windows to make sure they are closed and sealed. They are. You feel the glass and know that’s where the air is coming from. You shrug it off because, after all, this is Canada in winter. Stop thinking that way. It’s not normal to have such awful drafts and it could be costing you hundreds of dollars every year on your heating and cooling expenses every single year. In fact, more than 40 percent of your home’s heat in the winter is going to be lost through old, draft windows and doors. 40 percent! You don’t have to stand for this loss. If you don’t mind crinkling up $100 bills, opening the window, and throwing them out every month, then by all means keep doing what you’re doing. If, on the other hand, you prefer to keep what you earn, then consider replacement windows. New, energy efficient double or triple glazed windows can save up to 90 percent of the heat you’re losing right now. That could equal potentially thousands of dollars every year on your utility bills!