Your house could be seeping energy and it’s taking your money!
A power bill that creeps higher and higher as the temperatures feel 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 dealing with high utility charges every year. Here are three easy steps you can take now to increase energy efficiency in your home windows.
Reduce Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafty around your window frames? There could be cracks in your window unit which can let cold air seep in and warm air slip 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 solution, 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 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 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 great heat-loss prevention strategy in the winter. Look into pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your room.
Shutters Provide Help From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency choices 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 reaches your window. Many brands of shutters can even feature remote-controlled opening and closing. Check that shutters are measured and installed correctly to ensure they fit and work as intended.
With a pinch of planning and some small touches, you can knock down your utility bills by adjusting your home’s energy efficiency.
Still battling 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.