Your house could be wasting 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 Colorado Springs. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that improving your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean deciding between replacing your windows or dealing with high utility charges every year. Here are three basic steps you can take now to raise energy efficiency in your home windows.
Stop Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling a breeze around your window frames? There could be gaps around your window unit which can let cold air sneak in and warm air escape out, making your heater work harder.
Installing caulk around the outer frame of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes almost no time and is an inexpensive solution to small 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 Stop 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 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 light up your room. Close them at night to keep warm air from escaping.
Draperies or blinds can also bring a impactful look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is an effective heat-loss prevention strategy in the winter. Look into pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your windows.
Shutters Provide Help From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency solutions are installed inside the windows.
Installing 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 professionally to ensure they fit and work correctly.
With a little bit of planning and some small touches, you can reduce your utility bills by improving your home’s energy efficiency.
Still battling cold air in your home? It might be time to look into 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 Colorado Springs. Call (888) 883-8364 or stop by the Colorado Springs showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.