Your house could be wasting energy and it’s taking your money!
A power bill that inches higher and higher as the temperatures feel colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Hanover. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that updating 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 simple steps you can take now to improve energy efficiency in your home windows.
Reduce 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 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 a cost-effective solution to minor air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term solution, 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 Block 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 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 stylish look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is an effective heat-loss prevention option in the winter. Consider pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your windows.
Shutters Provide Help From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency options are installed inside the room.
Introducing shutters to the outside of your windows can help protect against cold weather, be it snow or storms, before the air even hits your window. Many brands of shutters can even feature remote-controlled opening and closing. Check that shutters are measured and installed properly to ensure they fit and work as intended.
With a little bit of planning and some small touches, you can knock down your utility bills by improving your home’s energy efficiency.
Still battling 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 impact your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Hanover. Call 781-826-8005 or stop by the Hanover showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.