Your house could be wasting energy and it’s losing you money!
A power bill that inches higher and higher as the temperatures get colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Hunt Valley. 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 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 a breeze around your window frames? There could be openings in your window unit which can let cold air sneak in and warm air escape out, making your heater work more.
Installing caulk around the outer frame of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes hardly any time and is an inexpensive solution to slight air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term adjustment, over time it can contract 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 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 improve 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 warm 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 an effective heat-loss prevention option in the winter. Look into pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your room.
Shutters Provide Defense From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency options are installed inside the windows.
Adding shutters to the outside of your windows can help defend 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. Make sure that shutters are measured and installed professionally to ensure they fit and work as intended.
With a little bit of planning and some small touches, you can reduce 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 impact your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Hunt Valley. Call 301-354-3633 or stop by the Hunt Valley showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.