Your house could be wasting energy and it’s taking your 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 Petoskey. 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 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.
Stop Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafts around your window frames? There could be cracks around your window unit which can let cold air leak 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 little time and is a low-cost solution to small air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term adjustment, 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 Prevent Drafts
Still feeling a draft? Your window treatments can also make a big difference in keeping warm air inside.
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 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 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. Consider pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your room.
Shutters Provide Defense From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency choices are installed inside the windows.
Adding 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 properly to ensure they fit and work as intended.
With a pinch of planning and some small touches, you can cut your utility bills by improving 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 impact your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Petoskey. Call 231-622-4417 or stop by the Petoskey showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.