Your house could be wasting energy and it’s losing you money!
A power bill that inches higher and higher as the temperatures drop colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Boone. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that increasing your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean choosing between replacing your windows or suffering with high utility charges every year. Here are three simple steps you can take now to improve energy efficiency in your home windows.
Stop Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafts around your window frames? There could be cracks surrounding your window unit which can let cold air seep in and warm air creep out, making your heater work harder.
Adding caulk around the outer frame of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes hardly any time and is a low-cost 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 look 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 big difference in keeping warm air inside.
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 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 impactful look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is a smart heat-loss prevention choice in the winter. Think about pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your style.
Shutters Provide Help From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency options are installed inside your house.
Adding 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 include remote-controlled opening and closing. Confirm 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 cut your utility bills by improving 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 Boone. Call 828-202-8489 or stop by the Boone showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.