Your house could be wasting energy and it’s taking your money!
A power bill that inches higher and higher as the temperatures get colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Mt. Pleasant. 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 basic steps you can take now to increase energy efficiency in your home windows.
Stop Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling a breeze around your window frames? There could be cracks surrounding your window unit which can let cold air seep in and warm air escape out, making your heater work harder.
Adding caulk around the outside of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes hardly any time and is an inexpensive solution to small 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 dealing with 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 help 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 new look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is a smart heat-loss prevention option in the winter. Think about 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 your house.
Installing shutters to the outside of your windows can help safeguard against cold weather, be it snow or storms, before the air even hits your window. Many brands of shutters can even offer remote-controlled opening and closing. Check that shutters are measured and installed correctly to ensure they fit and work well.
With a pinch of planning and some small touches, you can reduce your utility bills by increasing your home’s energy efficiency.
Still dealing with 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 cut your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Mt. Pleasant. Call 989-317-2558 or stop by the Mt. Pleasant showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.