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 Boston. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that updating your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean a choice between replacing your windows or putting up 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 a breeze around your window frames? There could be cracks around your window unit which can let cold air seep in and warm air creep out, making your heater work less efficiently.
Applying 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 solution, 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 Block Drafts
Still dealing with 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 improve energy efficiency in both the summer and winter, as the insulation they offer can help block cold drafts in the winter, and reduce 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 escaping.
Draperies or blinds can also bring a stylish look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is a smart heat-loss prevention strategy 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 choices are installed inside the room.
Installing shutters to the outside of your windows can help safeguard 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. Make sure that shutters are measured and installed correctly to ensure they fit and work as intended.
With a little bit 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 reduce your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Boston. Call 617-712-2342 or stop by the Boston showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.