Your house could be wasting energy and it’s taking your 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 Wilmington. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that increasing your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean a choice between replacing your windows or suffering with high utility charges every year. Here are three easy steps you can take now to increase energy efficiency in your home windows.
Decrease Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafts around your window frames? There could be cracks surrounding your window unit which can let cold air sneak in and warm air slip out, making your heater work more.
Installing caulk around the exterior of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes little time and is a cost-effective solution to slight air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term fix, 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 Prevent 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 improve 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 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 an effective heat-loss prevention choice in the winter. Think about 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 your house.
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. Make sure that shutters are measured and installed professionally to ensure they fit and work well.
With a little bit of planning and some small touches, you can reduce your utility bills by improving 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 cut your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Wilmington. Call 910-218-9596 or stop by the Wilmington showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.