Three Simple Changes to Help Increase Energy Efficiency in Your Homes Windows
Your house could be seeping energy and it’s taking your money!
A power bill that sneaks higher and higher as the temperatures get colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Victoria. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that updating your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean deciding between replacing your windows or suffering with high utility charges every year. Here are three simple steps you can take now to raise energy efficiency in your home windows.
Reduce Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling a breeze around your window frames? There could be cracks surrounding your window unit which can let cold air sneak in and warm air escape 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 an inexpensive solution to slight 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 identify caulk problems and keep your windows at their most efficient.
Add Window Treatments to Block Drafts
Still noticing a draft? Your window treatments can also make a significant difference in keeping warm air in your house.
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 leaving.
Draperies or blinds can also bring a impactful look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is a great heat-loss prevention strategy in the winter. Consider pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your style.
Shutters Provide Options From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency choices are installed inside the room.
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 include remote-controlled opening and closing. Check that shutters are measured and installed properly to ensure they fit and work well.
With a small amount of planning and some small touches, you can reduce your utility bills by adjusting 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 impact your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Victoria. Call 250-475-1277 or stop by the Victoria showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.