Your house could be seeping energy and it’s costing you money!
A power bill that sneaks higher and higher as the temperatures drop colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Charlotte. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that updating your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean choosing between replacing your windows or putting up with high utility charges every year. Here are three simple steps you can take now to increase 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 slip out, making your heater work more.
Applying caulk around the exterior of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes little time and is a low-cost solution to minor air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term fix, over time it can contract 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 noticing a draft? Your window treatments can also make a noticeable difference in keeping warm air inside.
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 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 disappearing.
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. Look into pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your windows.
Shutters Provide Defense From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency options are installed inside the windows.
Installing shutters to the outside of your windows can help defend 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. 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 reduce your utility bills by improving your home’s energy efficiency.
Still dealing with 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 Charlotte. Call 704-228-9149 or stop by the Charlotte showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.