Your house could be squandering energy and it’s losing you money!
A power bill that creeps higher and higher as the temperatures get colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Bloomington. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that improving 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 increase energy efficiency in your home windows.
Stop Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling a breeze around your window frames? There could be cracks surrounding your window unit which can let cold air seep in and warm air slip out, making your heater work less efficiently.
Installing caulk around the outside of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes almost no time and is an inexpensive solution to small air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term solution, 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 noticing a draft? Your window treatments can also make a significant 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 create can help block cold drafts in the winter, and reduce 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 new look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is a great 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 Help From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency options are installed inside the windows.
Introducing shutters to the outside of your windows can help protect against cold weather, be it snow or storms, before the air even reaches your window. Many brands of shutters can even offer 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 knock down your utility bills by improving your home’s energy efficiency.
Still dealing with 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 Bloomington. Call 309-663-7132 or stop by the Bloomington showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.