Your house could be squandering energy and it’s losing 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 Natick. 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 basic steps you can take now to improve energy efficiency in your home windows.
Decrease Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling a breeze around your window frames? There could be openings in your window unit which can let cold air seep in and warm air slip out, making your heater work more.
Applying caulk around the outside of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes almost no time and is an inexpensive solution to minor air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term solution, 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 Stop Drafts
Still feeling 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 help energy efficiency in both the summer and winter, as the insulation they provide 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 option 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 choices 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 hits your window. Many brands of shutters can even include remote-controlled opening and closing. Check that shutters are measured and installed properly to ensure they fit and work well.
With a pinch of planning and some small touches, you can cut your utility bills by improving your home’s energy efficiency.
Still battling 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 reduce your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Natick. Call (781) 239-1161 or stop by the Natick showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.