Your house could be squandering 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 Raleigh. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that increasing your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean deciding between replacing your windows or putting up with high utility charges every year. Here are three easy steps you can take now to raise energy efficiency in your home windows.
Decrease Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafts around your window frames? There could be openings surrounding your window unit which can let cold air leak in and warm air creep out, making your heater work harder.
Installing caulk around the exterior of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes hardly any time and is an inexpensive solution to small 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 Stop Drafts
Still noticing a draft? Your window treatments can also make a noticeable 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 brighten your room. Close them at night to keep warm air from escaping.
Draperies or blinds can also bring a new look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is an effective heat-loss prevention strategy in the winter. Consider pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your style.
Shutters Provide Defense From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency solutions are installed inside the room.
Introducing 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 include 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 knock down your utility bills by increasing your home’s energy efficiency.
Still fighting 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 cut your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Raleigh. Call 919-324-0196 or stop by the Raleigh showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.