Your house could be seeping energy and it’s taking your 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 Evansville. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that improving your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean choosing 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.
Stop Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafty around your window frames? There could be gaps around your window unit which can let cold air leak in and warm air escape out, making your heater work more.
Adding caulk around the exterior of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes hardly any time and is a cost-effective solution to minor air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term solution, 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 Stop Drafts
Still dealing with a draft? Your window treatments can also make a significant difference in keeping warm air in your room.
Tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on your windows can increase energy efficiency in both the summer and winter, as the insulation they offer 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 impactful look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is an effective heat-loss prevention option in the winter. Consider pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your room.
Shutters Provide Options From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency choices are installed inside the windows.
Adding shutters to the outside of your windows can help protect against cold weather, be it snow or storms, before the air even reaches your window. Many brands of shutters can even include remote-controlled opening and closing. Confirm 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 knock down your utility bills by improving your home’s energy efficiency.
Still dealing with cold air in your home? It might be time to look into 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 Evansville. Call 812-228-7000 or stop by the Evansville showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.