Three Simple Changes to Help Increase Energy Efficiency in Your Homes Windows
Your house could be wasting energy and it’s taking your money!
A power bill that creeps higher and higher as the temperatures get colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Casper. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that improving your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean deciding between replacing your windows or suffering with high utility charges every year. Here are three easy steps you can take now to increase energy efficiency in your home windows.
Decrease Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafty around your window frames? There could be gaps in your window unit which can let cold air sneak in and warm air escape out, making your heater work harder.
Adding caulk around the outer frame of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes almost no time and is a low-cost solution to minor air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term fix, over time it can reduce and crack, making for inefficient windows. An annual window inspection can identify caulk problems and keep your windows at their most efficient.
Add Window Treatments to Stop Drafts
Still dealing with a draft? Your window treatments can also make a significant 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 brighten 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. 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 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. 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 cut your utility bills by adjusting your home’s energy efficiency.
Still fighting 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 Casper. Call 307-234-1518 or stop by the Casper showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.