Your house could be wasting energy and it’s losing you money!
A power bill that creeps higher and higher as the temperatures drop colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Cape Cod. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that improving 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 basic steps you can take now to increase energy efficiency in your home windows.
Stop Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafty around your window frames? There could be gaps 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 outer frame of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes little time and is an inexpensive solution to slight air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term solution, over time it can shrink 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 Stop Drafts
Still feeling a draft? Your window treatments can also make a big difference in keeping warm air in your room.
Tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on your windows can increase energy efficiency in both the summer and winter, as the insulation they provide 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 brighten your room. Close them at night to keep warm air from leaving.
Draperies or blinds can also bring a impactful look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is a smart heat-loss prevention strategy in the winter. Consider pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your windows.
Shutters Provide Defense From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency options are installed inside the room.
Adding shutters to the outside of your windows can help protect against cold weather, be it snow or storms, before the air even gets to your window. Many brands of shutters can even offer remote-controlled opening and closing. Confirm that shutters are measured and installed professionally to ensure they fit and work as intended.
With a pinch of planning and some small touches, you can knock down your utility bills by increasing your home’s energy efficiency.
Still dealing with 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 reduce your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Cape Cod. Call 508-638-5897 or stop by the Cape Cod showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.