Your house could be wasting energy and it’s losing you money!
A power bill that creeps higher and higher as the temperatures feel colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in South Burlington. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that improving your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean choosing between replacing your windows or dealing with high utility charges every year. Here are three basic 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 cracks surrounding your window unit which can let cold air leak in and warm air creep out, making your heater work harder.
Applying 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 minor 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 check for caulk problems and keep your windows at their most efficient.
Add Window Treatments to Block Drafts
Still noticing a draft? Your window treatments can also make a big 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 prevent 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 new 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 windows.
Shutters Provide Help From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency choices are installed inside the room.
Adding 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 properly to ensure they fit and work as intended.
With a pinch 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 cut your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of South Burlington. Call (802) 557-0429 or stop by the South Burlington showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.