Your house could be squandering energy and it’s losing you money!
A power bill that creeps higher and higher as the temperatures get colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Northern Virginia. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that increasing your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean a choice 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.
Reduce Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling a breeze 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.
Adding 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 contract 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 increase energy efficiency in both the summer and winter, as the insulation they offer 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 disappearing.
Draperies or blinds can also bring a impactful look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is a great 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 options are installed inside your house.
Installing shutters to the outside of your windows can help safeguard 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. 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 knock down your utility bills by increasing 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 Northern Virginia. Call 571-292-3519 or stop by the Northern Virginia showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.