Your house could be squandering energy and it’s taking your money!
A power bill that sneaks higher and higher as the temperatures drop colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in North Carolina. 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 suffering with high utility charges every year. Here are three easy steps you can take now to increase energy efficiency in your home windows.
Stop Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafty around your window frames? There could be openings surrounding your window unit which can let cold air seep in and warm air slip out, making your heater work less efficiently.
Installing 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 adjustment, over time it can reduce 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 Prevent 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 increase energy efficiency in both the summer and winter, as the insulation they provide 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 leaving.
Draperies or blinds can also bring a new look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is a smart heat-loss prevention choice in the winter. Look into pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your windows.
Shutters Provide Defense From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency solutions are installed inside the windows.
Introducing 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 feature remote-controlled opening and closing. Make sure 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 cut your utility bills by improving your home’s energy efficiency.
Still fighting 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 reduce your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of North Carolina. Call 866-539-4196 or stop by the North Carolina showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.