Your house could be seeping energy and it’s taking your money!
A power bill that sneaks higher and higher as the temperatures drop colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Concord. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that updating your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean choosing between replacing your windows or dealing with high utility charges every year. Here are three basic steps you can take now to raise energy efficiency in your home windows.
Stop Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafty around your window frames? There could be cracks around your window unit which can let cold air sneak in and warm air creep out, making your heater work more.
Adding caulk around the outer frame 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 check for 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 noticeable difference in keeping warm air in your house.
Tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on your windows can improve 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 impactful look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is a great heat-loss prevention option in the winter. Look into pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your windows.
Shutters Provide Defense From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency options 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 reaches your window. Many brands of shutters can even offer remote-controlled opening and closing. Make sure that shutters are measured and installed correctly to ensure they fit and work as intended.
With a small amount of planning and some small touches, you can reduce your utility bills by adjusting 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 Concord. Call 603-225-1953 or stop by the Concord showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.