Your house could be seeping energy and it’s costing you 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 Wellesley. 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 simple steps you can take now to improve energy efficiency in your home windows.
Decrease Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling a breeze around your window frames? There could be gaps in your window unit which can let cold air seep in and warm air escape out, making your heater work less efficiently.
Adding caulk around the exterior of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes almost no time and is an inexpensive solution to slight air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term solution, over time it can shrink 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 significant 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 offer 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 leaving.
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 option 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 options are installed inside your house.
Installing shutters to the outside of your windows can help protect against cold weather, be it snow or storms, before the air even gets to your window. Many brands of shutters can even include remote-controlled opening and closing. Confirm that shutters are measured and installed properly to ensure they fit and work correctly.
With a little bit of planning and some small touches, you can cut your utility bills by increasing 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 Wellesley. Call 781-239-1161 or stop by the Wellesley showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.