Your house could be squandering energy and it’s losing you money!
A power bill that sneaks higher and higher as the temperatures drop colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Baltimore. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that increasing your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean deciding 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 drafty around your window frames? There could be cracks around your window unit which can let cold air sneak in and warm air creep out, making your heater work harder.
Installing caulk around the outside of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes hardly any 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 check for caulk problems and keep your windows at their most efficient.
Add Window Treatments to Block Drafts
Still feeling a draft? Your window treatments can also make a noticeable 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 decrease sun exposure in the summer.
When the sun comes out, you can open your drapes or blinds to let sunlight come in and warm your room. Close them at night to keep warm air from escaping.
Draperies or blinds can also bring a new look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is an effective heat-loss prevention option in the winter. Think about 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.
Introducing 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 offer remote-controlled opening and closing. Check that shutters are measured and installed properly to ensure they fit and work correctly.
With a small amount of planning and some small touches, you can reduce your utility bills by improving 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 reduce your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Baltimore. Call 301-637-0762 or stop by the Baltimore showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.