Your house could be squandering 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 Southern Pines. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that increasing your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean a choice between replacing your windows or dealing with high utility charges every year. Here are three basic steps you can take now to improve energy efficiency in your home windows.
Stop Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafts around your window frames? There could be cracks around your window unit which can let cold air sneak in and warm air creep out, making your heater work less efficiently.
Applying caulk around the exterior of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes almost no time and is a cost-effective solution to minor 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 identify 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 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 create can help block cold drafts in the winter, and reduce 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 leaving.
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 choice in the winter. Consider pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your room.
Shutters Provide Defense From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency solutions 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. Check that shutters are measured and installed professionally to ensure they fit and work well.
With a pinch of planning and some small touches, you can knock down 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 Southern Pines. Call 910-444-0729 or stop by the Southern Pines showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.