Your house could be squandering energy and it’s taking your money!
A power bill that sneaks higher and higher as the temperatures feel colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Gaithersburg. 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 putting up with high utility charges every year. Here are three simple steps you can take now to improve energy efficiency in your home windows.
Reduce Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling a breeze around your window frames? There could be openings around your window unit which can let cold air sneak in and warm air slip out, making your heater work less efficiently.
Adding caulk around the outside of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes little time and is a cost-effective solution to slight 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 Prevent Drafts
Still noticing a draft? Your window treatments can also make a noticeable difference in keeping warm air in your house.
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 prevent sun exposure in the summer.
When the sun comes out, you can open your drapes or blinds to let sunlight come in and light up your room. Close them at night to keep warm air from disappearing.
Draperies or blinds can also bring a new look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is an effective heat-loss prevention option in the winter. Consider pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your room.
Shutters Provide Help From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency solutions 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 reaches 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 dealing with 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 reduce your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Gaithersburg. Call 202-810-6722 or stop by the Gaithersburg showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.