Your house could be wasting energy and it’s taking your 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 Norwalk. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that improving 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 increase energy efficiency in your home windows.
Decrease Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling a breeze around your window frames? There could be gaps around your window unit which can let cold air seep in and warm air creep out, making your heater work harder.
Applying caulk around the outside of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes little time and is a low-cost solution to minor air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term fix, over time it can shrink 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 dealing with 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 improve energy efficiency in both the summer and winter, as the insulation they provide 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 brighten your room. Close them at night to keep warm air from escaping.
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 option in the winter. Look into pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your style.
Shutters Provide Options From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency solutions are installed inside the room.
Adding shutters to the outside of your windows can help defend against cold weather, be it snow or storms, before the air even reaches your window. Many brands of shutters can even offer remote-controlled opening and closing. Confirm that shutters are measured and installed professionally to ensure they fit and work correctly.
With a pinch of planning and some small touches, you can cut 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 reduce your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Norwalk. Call 203-663-3778 or stop by the Norwalk showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.