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 Lewes. 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 dealing with high utility charges every year. Here are three easy steps you can take now to improve energy efficiency in your home windows.
Decrease Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafty around your window frames? There could be gaps in your window unit which can let cold air seep in and warm air creep out, making your heater work more.
Applying caulk around the outer frame of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes hardly any time and is an inexpensive solution to minor air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term fix, over time it can reduce and crack, making for inefficient windows. An annual window inspection can check 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 big difference in keeping warm air inside.
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 an effective heat-loss prevention choice 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 solutions are installed inside your house.
Introducing 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 feature remote-controlled opening and closing. Check that shutters are measured and installed correctly to ensure they fit and work well.
With a small amount of planning and some small touches, you can cut your utility bills by adjusting 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 Lewes. Call 757-294-8091 or stop by the Lewes showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.