Your house could be squandering energy and it’s taking your 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 Eau Claire. 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 putting up with high utility charges every year. Here are three easy steps you can take now to improve energy efficiency in your home windows.
Reduce Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafts around your window frames? There could be openings around your window unit which can let cold air sneak in and warm air slip out, making your heater work less efficiently.
Applying caulk around the exterior of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes almost no time and is an inexpensive solution to minor 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 identify 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 big difference in keeping warm air in your room.
Tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on your windows can help 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 warm your room. Close them at night to keep warm air from disappearing.
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. Think about pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your style.
Shutters Provide Help From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency solutions are installed inside your house.
Adding shutters to the outside of your windows can help safeguard 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 correctly to ensure they fit and work well.
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 think about 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 Eau Claire. Call 715-836-9301 or stop by the Eau Claire showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.