Your house could be seeping energy and it’s costing 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 Kalamazoo. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that improving your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean a choice between replacing your windows or putting up with high utility charges every year. Here are three basic steps you can take now to raise energy efficiency in your home windows.
Reduce Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling a breeze around your window frames? There could be openings surrounding your window unit which can let cold air sneak in and warm air creep out, making your heater work harder.
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 slight air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term adjustment, over time it can shrink 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 significant difference in keeping warm air in your room.
Tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on your windows can improve energy efficiency in both the summer and winter, as the insulation they create can help block cold drafts in the winter, and prevent 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 room.
Shutters Provide Options From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency choices are installed inside your house.
Installing shutters to the outside of your windows can help defend against cold weather, be it snow or storms, before the air even reaches your window. Many brands of shutters can even include remote-controlled opening and closing. Confirm that shutters are measured and installed correctly to ensure they fit and work as intended.
With a pinch of planning and some small touches, you can cut your utility bills by adjusting your home’s energy efficiency.
Still fighting 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 Kalamazoo. Call 269-215-4157 or stop by the Kalamazoo showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.