Your house could be seeping energy and it’s losing you 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 Owensboro. 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 putting up with high utility charges every year. Here are three simple steps you can take now to improve energy efficiency in your home windows.
Reduce Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafts around your window frames? There could be cracks around your window unit which can let cold air sneak in and warm air escape out, making your heater work less efficiently.
Adding caulk around the outer frame of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes almost no time and is a cost-effective solution to small air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term adjustment, 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 Block 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 help energy efficiency in both the summer and winter, as the insulation they offer 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 warm 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 an effective heat-loss prevention choice in the winter. Look into pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your style.
Shutters Provide Options From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency options are installed inside your house.
Adding shutters to the outside of your windows can help defend against cold weather, be it snow or storms, before the air even hits your window. Many brands of shutters can even offer remote-controlled opening and closing. Make sure that shutters are measured and installed properly to ensure they fit and work as intended.
With a pinch of planning and some small touches, you can cut your utility bills by increasing 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 Owensboro. Call 270-684-3028 or stop by the Owensboro showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.