Your house could be squandering energy and it’s losing you money!
A power bill that sneaks higher and higher as the temperatures feel colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Monroe. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that updating your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean deciding between replacing your windows or suffering with high utility charges every year. Here are three basic steps you can take now to increase energy efficiency in your home windows.
Decrease Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafty around your window frames? There could be cracks around your window unit which can let cold air leak in and warm air escape out, making your heater work harder.
Installing caulk around the exterior of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes almost no time and is an inexpensive solution to minor air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term fix, over time it can reduce and crack, making for inefficient windows. An annual window inspection can identify caulk problems and keep your windows at their most efficient.
Add Window Treatments to Prevent Drafts
Still feeling a draft? Your window treatments can also make a big difference in keeping warm air inside.
Tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on your windows can help energy efficiency in both the summer and winter, as the insulation they provide can help block cold drafts in the winter, and decrease sun exposure in the summer.
When the sun comes out, you can open your drapes or blinds to let sunlight come in and light up your room. Close them at night to keep warm air from disappearing.
Draperies or blinds can also bring a stylish look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is a great heat-loss prevention option in the winter. Think about pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your windows.
Shutters Provide Defense From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency solutions are installed inside the room.
Installing shutters to the outside of your windows can help safeguard against cold weather, be it snow or storms, before the air even hits your window. Many brands of shutters can even feature remote-controlled opening and closing. Make sure that shutters are measured and installed correctly to ensure they fit and work correctly.
With a little bit of planning and some small touches, you can cut your utility bills by increasing your home’s energy efficiency.
Still battling cold air in your home? It might be time to consider replacing your windows. Replacement windows are more energy efficient than older windows, which can impact your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Monroe. Call 203-295-4486 or stop by the Monroe showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.