Your house could be squandering energy and it’s costing you money!
A power bill that inches higher and higher as the temperatures drop colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Nashville. 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 dealing with high utility charges every year. Here are three easy steps you can take now to increase energy efficiency in your home windows.
Decrease Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafts around your window frames? There could be openings around your window unit which can let cold air seep in and warm air escape out, making your heater work less efficiently.
Installing caulk around the exterior of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes hardly any time and is a cost-effective solution to slight air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term fix, over time it can contract 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 noticeable difference in keeping warm air in your house.
Tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on your windows can help energy efficiency in both the summer and winter, as the insulation they create 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 leaving.
Draperies or blinds can also bring a new look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is a great heat-loss prevention choice in the winter. Consider pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your room.
Shutters Provide Options From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency solutions are installed inside your house.
Installing shutters to the outside of your windows can help protect 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 correctly to ensure they fit and work correctly.
With a small amount of planning and some small touches, you can cut your utility bills by increasing 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 Nashville. Call 615-348-8786 or stop by the Nashville showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.