Your house could be wasting energy and it’s costing you money!
A power bill that sneaks higher and higher as the temperatures get colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Danville. 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 increase energy efficiency in your home windows.
Reduce Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafty around your window frames? There could be cracks in your window unit which can let cold air sneak in and warm air slip out, making your heater work more.
Installing caulk around the outside of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes little time and is a low-cost solution to slight air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term solution, over time it can shrink 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 Block Drafts
Still feeling a draft? Your window treatments can also make a significant 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 provide 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 light up your room. Close them at night to keep warm air from disappearing.
Draperies or blinds can also bring a stylish look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is an effective 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 Options From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency solutions are installed inside the windows.
Installing shutters to the outside of your windows can help protect 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 correctly to ensure they fit and work as intended.
With a pinch of planning and some small touches, you can knock down your utility bills by improving 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 cut your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Danville. Call 217-443-3355 or stop by the Danville showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.