Your house could be squandering energy and it’s taking your 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 Long Island. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that updating 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 easy steps you can take now to raise energy efficiency in your home windows.
Decrease Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafts around your window frames? There could be gaps in your window unit which can let cold air leak in and warm air slip out, making your heater work more.
Installing caulk around the outer frame of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes almost no time and is a cost-effective solution to slight 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 look 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 big difference in keeping warm air in your room.
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 decrease 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 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 strategy 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 options are installed inside the windows.
Introducing shutters to the outside of your windows can help safeguard against cold weather, be it snow or storms, before the air even reaches your window. Many brands of shutters can even include remote-controlled opening and closing. Make sure 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 reduce your utility bills by adjusting your home’s energy efficiency.
Still battling 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 Long Island. Call 516-331-0031 or stop by the Long Island showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.