Your house could be seeping energy and it’s costing you money!
A power bill that inches higher and higher as the temperatures drop colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Plattsburgh. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that increasing your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean choosing between replacing your windows or suffering with high utility charges every year. Here are three simple steps you can take now to improve 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 leak in and warm air creep out, making your heater work less efficiently.
Installing caulk around the exterior of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes hardly any time and is a low-cost solution to small air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term fix, 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 Stop Drafts
Still dealing with 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 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 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. Look into pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your room.
Shutters Provide Help 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 feature remote-controlled opening and closing. Check 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 cut 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 impact your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Plattsburgh. Call 518-310-2118 or stop by the Plattsburgh showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.