Your house could be seeping energy and it’s losing you money!
A power bill that sneaks higher and higher as the temperatures get colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Syracuse. 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 putting up with high utility charges every year. Here are three easy steps you can take now to improve energy efficiency in your home windows.
Decrease Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafts around your window frames? There could be openings in your window unit which can let cold air sneak in and warm air escape out, making your heater work more.
Applying caulk around the outside 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 shrink 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 Prevent Drafts
Still noticing a draft? Your window treatments can also make a noticeable difference in keeping warm air in your room.
Tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on your windows can increase 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 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 choice in the winter. Think about 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 protect against cold weather, be it snow or storms, before the air even gets to your window. Many brands of shutters can even include 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 cut your utility bills by adjusting your home’s energy efficiency.
Still fighting cold air in your home? It might be time to look into 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 Syracuse. Call 315-565-0399 or stop by the Syracuse showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.