Your house could be seeping energy and it’s costing you 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 Albany. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that updating your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean deciding between replacing your windows or suffering with high utility charges every year. Here are three simple steps you can take now to raise energy efficiency in your home windows.
Reduce 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 creep out, making your heater work more.
Applying caulk around the outer frame of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes little time and is a cost-effective solution to slight air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term solution, 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 Stop Drafts
Still noticing 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 improve energy efficiency in both the summer and winter, as the insulation they create 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 an effective heat-loss prevention option in the winter. Consider 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 your house.
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 offer remote-controlled opening and closing. Make sure that shutters are measured and installed correctly to ensure they fit and work well.
With a little bit of planning and some small touches, you can reduce your utility bills by adjusting 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 reduce your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Albany. Call 518-414-5302 or stop by the Albany showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.