Three Simple Changes to Help Increase Energy Efficiency in Your Homes Windows
Your house could be seeping energy and it’s taking your money!
A power bill that creeps higher and higher as the temperatures feel colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Cheyenne. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that updating 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 cracks around your window unit which can let cold air leak in and warm air escape out, making your heater work less efficiently.
Applying caulk around the outer frame of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes almost no time and is a cost-effective 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 check 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 in your house.
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 light up your room. Close them at night to keep warm air from escaping.
Draperies or blinds can also bring a stylish 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 Options From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency solutions are installed inside the windows.
Introducing shutters to the outside of your windows can help safeguard 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. Check that shutters are measured and installed professionally 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 adjusting your home’s energy efficiency.
Still fighting 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 cut your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Cheyenne. Call 307-632-6373 or stop by the Cheyenne showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.