Your house could be seeping energy and it’s costing you money!
A power bill that inches higher and higher as the temperatures feel colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Shrewsbury. 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 putting up with high utility charges every year. Here are three simple steps you can take now to increase energy efficiency in your home windows.
Decrease Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafts around your window frames? There could be cracks surrounding your window unit which can let cold air sneak in and warm air slip out, making your heater work harder.
Installing caulk around the outside of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes almost no time and is an inexpensive solution to small air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term fix, over time it can contract 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 noticing a draft? Your window treatments can also make a noticeable 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 create 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 brighten your room. Close them at night to keep warm air from escaping.
Draperies or blinds can also bring a stylish look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is a smart heat-loss prevention choice in the winter. Consider pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your style.
Shutters Provide Defense From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency solutions are installed inside the windows.
Introducing shutters to the outside of your windows can help protect against cold weather, be it snow or storms, before the air even gets to your window. Many brands of shutters can even feature remote-controlled opening and closing. Check that shutters are measured and installed correctly to ensure they fit and work correctly.
With a pinch of planning and some small touches, you can cut your utility bills by increasing your home’s energy efficiency.
Still dealing with 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 Shrewsbury. Call (508) 925-7149 or stop by the Shrewsbury showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.