Your house could be wasting energy and it’s losing you 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 Roanoke. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that increasing your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean choosing between replacing your windows or putting up 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 drafty around your window frames? There could be openings around your window unit which can let cold air seep in and warm air creep out, making your heater work harder.
Installing caulk around the exterior of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes almost no time and is an inexpensive solution to slight air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term adjustment, over time it can shrink and crack, making for inefficient windows. An annual window inspection can check for caulk problems and keep your windows at their most efficient.
Add Window Treatments to Stop Drafts
Still feeling a draft? Your window treatments can also make a significant 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 offer 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 warm your room. Close them at night to keep warm air from leaving.
Draperies or blinds can also bring a impactful look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is a smart heat-loss prevention option in the winter. Think about 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 room.
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 offer remote-controlled opening and closing. Make sure that shutters are measured and installed properly to ensure they fit and work correctly.
With a small amount of planning and some small touches, you can cut your utility bills by improving your home’s energy efficiency.
Still fighting cold air in your home? It might be time to think about 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 Roanoke. Call 540-466-1918 or stop by the Roanoke showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.