Your house could be squandering energy and it’s losing 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 Fall River. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that improving your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean choosing between replacing your windows or dealing with high utility charges every year. Here are three simple 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 openings 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 hardly any time and is a low-cost solution to minor air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term adjustment, over time it can reduce 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 Block Drafts
Still feeling a draft? Your window treatments can also make a noticeable difference in keeping warm air inside.
Tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on your windows can help energy efficiency in both the summer and winter, as the insulation they provide 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 disappearing.
Draperies or blinds can also bring a impactful look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is an effective 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 Options 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 hits 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 correctly.
With a small amount of planning and some small touches, you can reduce your utility bills by increasing 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 impact your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Fall River. Call 508-939-3464 or stop by the Fall River showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.