Your house could be squandering energy and it’s losing 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 Greensboro. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that updating your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean a choice between replacing your windows or dealing with high utility charges every year. Here are three simple steps you can take now to raise energy efficiency in your home windows.
Decrease Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafty around your window frames? There could be openings in your window unit which can let cold air seep in and warm air slip out, making your heater work more.
Applying caulk around the outside of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes little time and is a cost-effective solution to small air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term adjustment, over time it can contract and crack, making for inefficient windows. An annual window inspection can look for caulk problems and keep your windows at their most efficient.
Add Window Treatments to Stop Drafts
Still noticing a draft? Your window treatments can also make a significant difference in keeping warm air in your house.
Tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on your windows can increase energy efficiency in both the summer and winter, as the insulation they create can help block cold drafts in the winter, and prevent 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 great heat-loss prevention strategy in the winter. Think about pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your style.
Shutters Provide Defense From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency choices are installed inside the windows.
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 professionally to ensure they fit and work correctly.
With a little bit of planning and some small touches, you can reduce your utility bills by adjusting your home’s energy efficiency.
Still fighting cold air in your home? It might be time to think about replacing your windows. Replacement windows are more energy efficient than older windows, which can reduce your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Greensboro. Call 336-203-0576 or stop by the Greensboro showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.